North Carolina

Can You Vote Absentee?

In order to vote in U.S. elections you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen.
  • at least 18 years old.
  • be absent from your voting residence.

The absentee voting process applies to you if you are:

  • an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine;
  • an eligible spouse or family member of an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine; or
  • a U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.

Federal Election Deadlines

Registration Ballot Request Ballot Return
Presidential Primary March 15, 2016
Received by 5 PM, March 14, 2016
Received by 5 PM, March 14, 2016
Return by Mail: Sent by* 12 AM, March 15, 2016
Return by Email or Fax: Received by 7:30 PM, March 15, 2016
State Primary March 15, 2016
Received by 5 PM, March 14, 2016
Received by 5 PM, March 14, 2016
Return by Mail: Sent by* 12 AM, March 15, 2016
Return by Email or Fax: Received by 7:30 PM, March 15, 2016
Federal Primary Runoff May 24, 2016
Received by 5 PM, May 23, 2016
Received by 5 PM, May 23, 2016
Return by Mail:Sent by** 12 AM, May 24, 2016
Return by Email or Fax: Received by 7:30 PM, May 24, 2016
General Election
November 8, 2016
Received by 5 PM, November 7, 2016
Received by 5 PM, November 7, 2016
Return by Mail: Sent by*** 12 AM, November 8, 2016
Return by Email or Fax: Received by 7:30 PM, November 8, 2016

*Ballot Return: Presidential primary ballots and State primary ballots must be received by 5:00pm on the 6th day after the election.

**Ballot Return: Federal primary runoff ballots must be received by 5:00pm on the 3rd day after the election.

***Ballot Return: General Election ballots must be received by 5:00pm on the 9th day after the election.

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Register to Vote, Request a Ballot, or Update My Voter Info

You must register and request an absentee ballot in your State of legal residence by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and submit it to your local election office.

Download fillable FPCA

Get My Ballot

You may use the Federal Write-in Ballot (FWAB) to cast your absentee ballot, register to vote or request future absentee ballots.

Download fillable FWAB

Check the Status of My Voted Ballot

After sending in your voted absentee ballot, you are entitled to find out its status.