Voting FAQ: When, Where, and How?

To Vote, you must be registered!  3 Ways to vote: 1) Early voting: vote at any early voting site in your county. 2) Election day: you can only vote at your assigned polling place. 3) By mail: request an absentee ballot with this form:  Permanently moving? You must update your registration Temporarily moving? You can choose to either register where you currently live, return home to vote, OR request an absentee ballot.  Who can register? NC citizens who will be 18 by election day. 16 and 17 year olds can pre-register. Also, any NC citizens who have completed the terms of their felony sentence.  Voter hotline: 1-888-OUR-VOTE. More info at

Registering to Vote

  1. Find your registration status. (Bonus: Once your name comes up, you can click on your name to find your sample ballot.)

  2. Not registered? You can register and vote on the same day during Early Voting!


    • Be a US citizen

    • Be at least 16 years old and 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 6 to VOTE in 2018

    • Live in North Carolina and the precinct where you'll vote for 30 days before the election day

    • If you have been convicted of a felony, you can REGISTER AND VOTE if you are finished with your felony sentence and are not on probation or on parole for that sentence.

    • Not claim the right to vote in another state

  3. Learn about the candidates on your ballot! Visit

  4. Find early voting locations and times. You can vote at ANY location in your county during early voting.

  5. If you want to vote on Election Day, you must go to your assigned polling locationSearch for your Election Day polling site here!

No Photo ID Required to vote in 2019! The only voters who need to bring identification are: 

  1. New voters who didn’t list an ID number or last 4 of Social Security number on their registration application. Bring any photo ID or a utility bill, bank statement, online bill, pay stub or government document with your address on it.

  2. Voters who register and vote at the same time during Early Voting. If you use same-day registration, be sure to bring: a government photo ID or a document (or online bill) with your name and current address: bank statement, utility bill, pay stub or government document.

Early Voting Schedules

Check back soon for this year’s early voting schedules, organized by county!

You can also check the official NC lookup at

What’s on My 2019 Ballot?

The League of Woman Voters is a great site to find non-partisan candidate information.

Photo ID requirement does not start until 2020!  

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Voter ID

The latest in what you need to know

Photo ID Law  Preparing for 2020: Important NC Voter ID Facts  What we still don't know:  The NC General Assembly is currently making the rules for how the photo ID law will work, including: How closely does a voer's name on their ID need to match the name on the voter roll? How will poll workers judge whether a photo ID "reasonable resemblers" a voter? How will the state assure that voters who need a free ID are able to get one? What is the NC Board of Election's plan for educating voters?  You can vote with or without photo ID. It is critical to use messaging that will increase turnout and not discourage participation: Try saying "If you have an ID, bring it in 2020!" or "No ID? YOU CAN VOTE! Just ask for the waiver!" If you forget your photo ID, ask for a provisional ballot and then bring your ID to the local board of elections before the canvass. If you don't have an approved ID, ask for the waiver and vote with a provisional ballot. You can choose from options including natural disaster, religious objection, your requested ID has not arrived, and others.  ID's that will work for sure include NC Driver's License, NC non-operators ID card, US Passport, Enrollment card with a photo from a US or NC recognized tribe, ID from county board of elections, US military or veterans card (accepted with or without an expiration date). The address on the ID does not matter! IDs can be expired for up to 1 year and still work, and if the ID was valid when you turned 65, it is valid for life!
A flyer about Voter ID updated on March 18, 2019  FREE ID:  Voters can get a free ID from their county board of elections (see or the DMV). ID's are available before and during the early voting period. You must be registered to vote, but you can register and get an ID at the same time. You must know your last 4 digits of your social security number and birth date.  OUT OF STATE LICENSE:  Have a driver's license from another state? ID can ONLY be used if the voter has been registered to vote in NC for 90 days or less.  STUDENT IDS:  NC Student ID from private or public colleges or community colleges must meet strict guideliens set by the Board of Elections to be accepted.  NC STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE ID:  Must meet strict guidelines set by the Board of Elections to be accepted.  Still have questions? Other resources include , , the NC Board of Elections ( or 919-814-0700), and the Voter Hotline (888-OUR-VOTE)  Keep up to date on the latest ID facts by signing up for our email news at  Get trained on how to talk about ID at or using our handouts and training resources.

Visit our handouts page for printable election handouts