How to vote in North Carolina

Updated Oct. 15, 2020

Where do you live?

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Are you registered to vote?

How do you plan to vote?

Oct. 31Last day to register

Oct. 27Last day to request a ballot

Sept. 4First day ballots are sent

Oct. 15First day to vote in person

Read more about how to register and vote in person this election.

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Register to vote

If you’re unsure if you’re registered to vote, check your status first. The deadline to register was Oct. 9 postmarked by mail or online. After that, you can register in person at an early voting site between Oct. 15 and Oct. 31.

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Casting a ballot in person

In North Carolina, you can vote early from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31 or on Election Day, Nov. 3. Be sure to check your voting locations for early voting or Election Day ahead of time.

You’ll be required to show identification if you’re a first-time voter who didn’t provide identification during registration. Wearing a mask to vote in person is recommended.

If you received a ballot in the mail but decide you want to vote in person, you can — but you may be required to take an additional action, such as surrendering your ballot, signing an affidavit or casting a provisional ballot. Contact your local election officials for details.

About this story

Editing by Reuben Fischer-Baum and Ann Gerhart. Copy editing by Briana R. Ellison and Brian Cleveland. Additional development by Lucio Villa. Illustrations by Abbey Lossing. Susan Berger, Mark Kreidler, Alan Neuhauser and Annette Nevins contributed to this report.

Voting information for this project was collected from official sources, including secretaries of state, county clerks and written election codes. In some cases, The Post used news reports, court opinions and published research from sources such as the National Conference of State Legislatures to check or verify details.

Illustrations in this piece should not be used as a precise guide for how to mark your ballot.

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