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North Carolina voter registration guide

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North Carolina voter registration deadlines

  • Register to vote (online): Received by October 9, 2020
  • Register to vote (by mail): Postmarked by October 9, 2020
  • Register to vote (in person): Received by October 31, 2020

Check your North Carolina voter registration status

  • If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your North Carolina registration using the North Carolina voter registration lookup tool.
  • If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.

North Carolina voter registration rules

To register in North Carolina you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of North Carolina and the precinct in which you live for at least 30 days prior to Election Day
  • be 18 years old by the General Election (you may pre-register if you are 16 years old). If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the General Election
  • if you have been convicted of a felony, you must have completed parole and probation
  • not be registered or vote in any other county or state

Register to vote online in North Carolina

  • You must include your North Carolina driver's license number or North Carolina state ID number and the last 4 digits of your social security number with your online voter registration application.
  • Visit the North Carolina online voter registration tool.
  • Fill out all the required fields.
  • You will be registered to vote as soon as you finish the workflow.
  • You should receive your voter registration card in the mail within 2-3 weeks. If not, you might want to follow up with your Local Election Office.
  • The deadline to register to vote online is received by October 9, 2020.

Register to vote by mail in North Carolina

  1. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: Enter North Carolina driver’s license number. If you don't have a driver’s license, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don't have either number, write "NONE" in the box.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: You must register with a party to vote in that party’s primary unless that party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in its primary. If you indicate a political party that is not a qualified party, or indicate no party, you will be listed as “Unaffiliated”.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: You are required to fill in this box. However, your application will not be rejected if you fail to do so.
  5. Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
  6. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
  7. Your voter registration form must be postmarked by October 9, 2020

Register to vote in person in North Carolina

  1. Contact your Local Election Office to find where to register to vote in person.
  2. North Carolina voters must provide their North Carolina driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application. North Carolina voters must also show ID. Acceptable forms of ID include: * a North Carolina driver's license * a North Carolina ID * a student ID along with proof of campus address * a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck * any other government document that shows the voter's name and address.

Local Election Office

Contact your Local Election Office if you have questions about North Carolina voter registration.

Statewide election office

This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for North Carolina elections. You can contact them with questions, but your Local Election Office will probably respond faster.

State Board of Elections  
P.O. Box 27255  
Raleigh, NC 27611‐7255