Healthy Voting in North Carolina

For the June 23, 2020 primary election in North Carolina

  • All voters can request an absentee ballot.

  • Early voting locations are open before Election Day.

  • Limited polling locations are open on Election Day.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.

If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you are sick or concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about your voting options.


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Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.

Deadline to return your ballot
Election Day, June 23 by 5:00 pm. All ballots must be delivered to the elections office by this time. Postmarks don’t count!

You can track your ballot online.

How to get your ballot

All registered voters can request an absentee ballot.

The deadline to request a ballot is June 16, 2020.

You can:

Remember:

  • You must sign the form in ink.

If you missed the deadline to request a ballot, contact your elections office for any last-minute or emergency options.

How to return your ballot

North Carolina is temporarily allowing video notarization to help maintain social distancing. If you cannot safely have two witnesses sign your ballot, you may be able to have it notarized remotely.

Mail it:

  • Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
  • Take it to a post office.

Return it in person:

  • To your elections office.
  • At an early voting location.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...

  • Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

  • Have two people or a notary sign your ballot envelope as witnesses.

  • Return your ballot promptly. Postmarks don't count! 

Healthy tips for voting by mail in North Carolina

  • If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
  • If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
  • Practice physical distancing by stepping in and stepping back when handing off and picking up your ballot from a witness.
  • Combine trips when leaving home and bring your ballot with you for someone to witness or notarize.
  • If you need to buy stamps, consider using the Post Office’s online store, usps.com.
  • If you go to a post office or store to buy stamps, wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself, the postal clerk, and other people.
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Early voting is voting in person before Election Day, which is usually less crowded than going to vote on Election Day itself.

Early voting is also called One Stop Centers in North Carolina.

From June 4 through June 20, One Stop Centers are open for early voting.

  • You can drop off your ballot at all early voting locations.

Healthy tips for early voting in North Carolina

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your early voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before and after voting.
  • If you can, go when the early voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person →

When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.

Polling places are open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Limited polling places are available on Election Day.

Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in North Carolina

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person →

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