Useful Voter Information and 2016 Election Schedule
Important 2016 Election Dates
Statewide General Election
One-stop Voting Begins Thursday, October 27, 2016
Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail Tue, November 1, 2016
One-stop Voting Ends Saturday, November 5, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Last Day to Return an Absentee Ballot by Mail Tue, Nov 8, 2016 (5 pm)
Election Day Tuesday, November 8, 2016
County Canvass Day Friday, November 18, 2016
Last Day to File an Election Protest* Thursday, November 22, 2016
State Canvass Day Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Voting Information Absentee Voting
Absentee Voting - General Information Absentee voting allows registered voters to vote on a day other than the official Election Day. There are three types of absentee voting in in North Carolina:
Civilian Absentee Voting by Mail Any registered North Carolina voter can request an absentee ballot by mail. This type of absentee voting allows a voter or a near relative or legal guardian to request that an absentee ballot be sent to the voter by mail. The voter may vote the ballot and return it to the county board of elections by the ballot return deadline.
Military-Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Absent uniformed services members (and their eligible dependants) and U.S. citizens living outside of the United States may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). This federal act and its corresponding law in this state allows unformed service members and overseas citizens who are absent from their county of residence in North Carolina to request, receive and return an absentee ballot under special rights given to them under UOCAVA.
One-stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting) One-stop absentee voting (in-person absentee voting or early voting) allows registered voters to go in person to their county board of elections or an alternative location to vote an absentee ballot. One-stop absentee voting is conducted starting on the third Thursday before an election and ends on the last Saturday before the election.
Voting in Honor of a Veteran Program
North Carolina successfully launched this program in time for the 2008 General Election, with over 2,000 Veterans honored. The Vote in Honor of a Veteran Program provides North Carolina citizens an opportunity to pay tribute to those that have served this country and protected our freedom. You can honor a Veteran this upcoming General Elections by requesting a button and/or sharing a story that may be posted on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.
Each button will be personalized with the name of the Veteran that you wish to honor. The button is a way for you to show your pride in a Veteran or active duty service member on Election Day. These buttons are being provided free of charge by the North Carolina State Board of Elections. You can request a personalized button by emailing a request or printing out a request form and mailing it in. FORM CLICK HERE
Another way to honor the military members that are important to you is to share a short story (space is limited). Please tell us something about the person you are honoring (branch of military, conflict/war in which they served, etc.)
Important Forms & Lists