Voter Registration Deadline: 25 days before Election Day
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
Register at School or Home?
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
- Students attending college in North Carolina may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.
- Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in North Carolina or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Currently voters do NOT have to present photo ID to vote. A court ruling has repealed North Carolina’s voter ID law. Check VoterID.nc.gov or with state or local election officials for more information.
How Can I Vote?
Completed absentee ballots must be:
- Received by 5 p.m. on Election Day, or
- Postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 5 p.m. on the third day after Election Day.
Early In Person
- All registered voters may vote early at a one-stop absentee voting site. Due to a court ruling there will be 17 days of early voting from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5. Check with your county board of elections for one-stop voting locations and hours.
- Voters may still register during the one-stop early voting period at a one-stop voting site.
On Election Day
- The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Will voting in North Carolina affect my federal financial aid?
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants and Perkins or Stafford loans or your dependency status regarding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Does being an out-of-state student for tuition purposes affect my right to vote in my college community?
Will I lose my scholarship if I register to vote in North Carolina?