Voting in North Carolina
Voter Registration In North Carolina
Who Can Register In North Carolina
To register to vote in North Carolina, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of the North Carolina county you’re registering in for at least 30 days prior to the election
- Be at least 18 years old by the time of the next General election
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted but have completed all terms of sentencing or have had your rights restored
You must register to vote at least 25 days before the election you wish to vote in, or you can register during early voting (see more under “Election Day Registration”).
North Carolina Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in North Carolina but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your polling place during the early voting period. North Carolina does not offer same-day registration on Election Day.
You can pre-register to vote in North Carolina when you turn 16.
Voting Rights Restoration
North Carolina does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. To register to vote, you must not be currently serving a felony sentence. Those on probation, post-release supervision, or parole may register to vote. You may register and vote if you are serving an extended term of probation, post-release supervision, or parole, you have outstanding fines, fees, or restitution, and you do not know of another reason that your probation, post-release supervision, or parole was extended. No further documentation is needed.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In North Carolina
Where To Vote In North Carolina
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in North Carolina; no excuse is needed.
Early Voting In North Carolina
North Carolina offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins on the third Thursday prior to an election and ends at 3pm on the last Sunday prior to the election.
Primary Elections In North Carolina
North Carolina has semi-closed primaries. Unless a recognized party chooses to have its primary open to unaffiliated voters, only voters registered with a particular party may vote in that party's primary. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In North Carolina
Voter ID Requirements
North Carolina’s voter ID law is currently involved in ongoing litigation and a photo ID is not required to vote due to two preliminary injunctions granted by the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The injunctions will remain in effect until so ordered by the courts.
Additional North Carolina Resources
Your State Election Official
Chair of State Board of Elections
Phone number: 919.814.0700