Voting in NC
Key Voting Dates for 2016 General Election
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If you are registered, check your registration to see if you need to update it – you can also find out your voting districts.
If necessary, update your registration.
There are several ways to complete and submit your voter registration. Learn how.
Register to Vote by Mail:
- Complete and sign the Voter Registration Application.
- Send it to your county Board of Elections office.
Register to Vote in Person:
- A North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, as long as you are also conducting DMV business, such as:
- Applying for a new NC driver’s license or ID card.
- Renewing a driver’s license.
- Requesting a duplicate driver’s license.
- Social Services offices.
- Public Health (WIC) offices.
- Disability Services Agencies.
- The Department of Mental Health Services.
- The Employment Security Commission (ESC).
Register to Vote by E-Mail or Fax:
You can fax or e-mail the Voter Registration Application to your county Board of Elections office. However, you must also submit your original signature in person or by mail within 20 days of the registration deadline (see below).
How do I contact my local board of elections?
How can I vote? Easy as 1, 2, 3
1. Early voting
Early Voting is October 27 – November 5th (View your county Board of Election site for locations and times)
2. Voting Absentee by Mail
Any registered voter may vote an absentee ballot. State law requires that you submit the NEW State Absentee Ballot Request Form.
Starting September 9th absentee ballots will be mailed if requested by voter.
You can find answers to questions about absentee voting here.
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3. Voting on Election Day — November 8 (6:30am – 7:30pm)
You have to go to your polling place – Find your polling place.
Where do I go to vote?
Do I have to show my ID to vote? NO
Who represents me?
Who are the candidates on the 2016 ballot?
Candidates and races vary by location. To see your ballot, visit this site and follow directions carefully.
Be an Educated Education Voter
Get the facts on public education – understand the issues that affect our public schools, our teachers, and our children. Take our must-ask questions to meet your candidates. Check out how to research the education bills and how our House and Senate members voted.
Check out these links:
The health and welfare of public education in North Carolina is being challenged on a number of fronts. Learning more about these issues will help you advocate for what each child needs to succeed in school and in life.
The Week in Review: Education Bill Summary/Status document provides information on which education bills passed this session and how they impact our public schools.
You can browse bills and click on the bill you are interested in researching. Once on the page, you can find out who introduced the bill and its history including who voted for it.
You can use this list to find out what candidates think about the most crucial issues in public education.