NORTH
CAROLINA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 25 days before Election Day
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: April 13, 2018. You can also register to vote in-person at a One-Stop (Early) Voting location.
  • Primary Election: May 8, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 19, 2018. You can also register to vote in-person at a One-Stop (Early) Voting location.
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

North Carolina’s voter registration form asks for your North Carolina driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Voters do NOT have to present photo ID to vote. A court ruling repealed North Carolina’s voter ID law. Check with state or local election officials for more information. Some first-time voters may have to show ID if they did not provider their North Carolina state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number when they registered.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: http://ncsbe2.azurewebsites.net/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • All registered voters may request and vote by absentee ballot. An absentee ballot request form is available at the State Board of Elections website or at your county board of elections office.Absentee ballot requests must be received by your county board of elections by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day.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 voters may vote early at any one-stop absentee voting site in their county starting the third Thursday prior to Election Day up until the Saturday before Election Day.
  • Check with your county board of elections for one-stop voting locations and hours.
  • Voters may register during the one-stop early voting period at a one-stop voting site.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in North Carolina affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Registering to vote does not affect driver’s license or car registration, but individuals are required to obtain a North Carolina driver’s license within 60 days of establishing residency in the state. For more information, students may wish to contact the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.

Last updated March 2018