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Register to Vote in North Carolina

How to Register to Vote in North Carolina

This article describes How to Register to Vote in North Carolina for United States Elections. Furthermore, You can register to vote by mail in North Carolina by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

How to Register to Vote in North Carolina -In-person voter registration

Who can vote

  • To register in North Carolina you must be a citizen of the United States and be a resident of North Carolina and the county in which you live for at least 30 days prior to the election
  • In addition, they must be 18 years of age by the day of the next general election
  • Have your rights of citizenship restored if you have been convicted of a felony
  • Not be registered or vote in any other county or state

How to Register to Vote in North Carolina -By-mail voter registration

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: Provide your North Carolina driver’s license number, or North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles ID number. If you do not have a driver’s license, then list the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: North Carolina does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. If you do not affiliate with a party you may choose the party primary you wish to vote in. If you choose to register with a party you can only vote in that party’s primary.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: You are required by the Federal Voting Rights Act to fill in this box. However, your application will not be rejected if you fail to do so.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Friday, October 12.

How to Register to Vote in North Carolina -Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. In addition, when your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Then, election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in North Carolina.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using North Carolina’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6. And by mail is Friday, October 12. And, in person is Saturday, November 3.

Click here to view How to Register to Vote in Other States.

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