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Voter FAQ 2021

When is Election Day?

For most cities this year, the municipal elections will be November 2nd.

  • A handful of cities are having their primaries or general elections in October, on the 5th.

Some cities, like Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, have had to postpone their elections because of the delays in the census--so you might not have an election this year when you would normally.

You can figure out when your city's election is here.

How can I register to vote? How do I update my registration?

  • You can register to vote online here!
  • You can also mail this form to your county's Board of Elections.
  • For both of these methods, you'll need to register 25 days before the election (i.e. October 8th in for November elections).
  • You can also register in person during early voting at your polling place.
  • Any of the above methods also work for updating your voter registration.
  • To learn more, head here.

What are the dates for absentee voting? Where do I go to learn more?

  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot is September 18th for the October elections and October 26th for the November elections. You can request an absentee ballot online here.
  • To send in your absentee ballot, you'll need a witness, who'll need to sign. Their signature should be clear and legible. To learn more, head here.
  • Your absentee ballot must arrive by 5 PM on Election Day, so we strongly recommend submitting as early as possible. You can also drop it off at an early voting site. You can track your absentee ballot here.
  • To learn more, you can head to You Can Vote.

What are the dates for early voting? Where can I vote early?

  • Early Voting runs from September 16th through October 2nd for October Elections and from October 14th to October 30th for November elections.
  • You can register to vote at an early voting site, and update your registration. If so, you'll need to bring proof of residence, like your ID or utility bill.
  • To find out where to Early Vote, use this tool from the NC State Board of Elections.

Do I need an ID to vote?

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