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2020 Hot Tips for Voting Wallet Card

VOTING and COVID-19

New voting rules and safeguards can protect your health and vote in 2020.

17-DAY EARLY VOTING PERIOD Oct. 15–31, 2020

ELECTION DAY (and vote-by-mail deadline)* Nov. 3, 2020

Hot Tips for Voting
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View this helpful resource on how to vote in 2020!

3 voting options are available to all registered voters:

  1. One-stop Early Voting at any site in your county, including on weekends.

  2. Absentee voting by mail or hand-delivered to your county BOE or Early Voting site.

  3. Election Day voting from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at your assigned polling place.

PRO TIP: Avoid problems by voting early in-person during the 17-day Early Voting period or by mail. If you’re in line by 7:30 PM on Election Day, you can still vote.

Voting questions? Visit ncvoter.org or call 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683).

*Due to COVID-19, election deadlines are subject to change. Please visit ncvoter.org for the latest.

KNOW ALL OF YOUR OPTIONS to vote in 2020 using our TOP 10 TIPS

PRO TIP: Check your registration now to make sure you’re ready to vote in 2020 at demnc.co/lookup.

  1. You can register to vote at your current address—online or by print form—by Friday, Oct. 9. A 17-year-old may register and vote if they will be 18 on Election Day. Register again if you move or finish a felony sentence, including parole or probation. If you’re displaced by COVID-19, register and vote in the county you consider your home. For more rules, visit demnc.co/register.
  2. You can also register AND vote on the same day during the 17-day Early Voting period ONLY (Oct. 15-31), if you miss the regular registration deadline. Just fill out a form at your county’s Early Voting site, and show one of the following with a name and address: a gov’t document, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, or student ID with a school document showing your address.
  3. Registered voters can vote by mail. Any voter may do this, but in 2020 you must confirm your identity to vote by mail and mark the ballot in the presence of ONE witness. Learn the latest rules about what you’ll need and who can help you vote by mail at demnc.co/absentee.
  4. Been locked up? Don’t get locked out. If you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor, you never lose your right to vote. If you’ve been convicted of a felony, under certain circumstances you can vote too! To learn the latest, visit ncvoter.org.
  5. You have the right to vote curbside. Vote from your vehicle if you can’t reach the voting room due to age, a physical or mental disability or you have COVID symptoms, can’t wear a mask, or have a medical condition that puts you at greater risk of COVID. Problems voting curbside? Call 888-OUR-VOTE.
  6. You have the right to vote a provisional ballot if you go to the wrong precinct on Election Day (out-of-precinct voting) or have other problems. If you are denied a provisional ballot, call 888-OUR-VOTE immediately.
  7. Vote your entire ballot, including federal, state, and local races. You can take a cellphone or paper list into the polls to help remember choices, but no photos are allowed. If you mess up your ballot, just ask for a new one.
    • PRO TIP: Review your sample ballot and nonpartisan voter guides at ncvoter.org for more on state and local races.
    • PRO TIP: Avoid USPS overload. Request and vote your mail-in ballot weeks ahead of Oct. 27 by 5PM (the mail-in ballot request deadline) and Nov. 3 by 5 PM (the vote by mail deadline). More at ncvoter.org.
  8. You can vote in-person even if you request a ballot by mail if you change your mind or are worried about the USPS. Officials are planning precautions at in-person sites, including masks, sanitizers, single-use pens, and social distancing procedures.
  9. You can vote in-person on the weekend. In addition to more Early Voting sites and hours this year, counties are offering multiple weekend options to help limit lines and ensure safer voting. For your options during the Early Voting day-period (Oct. 15-31) go to
    demnc.co/voteearly.
  10. You do not need to show a photo ID to vote in the 2020 General. Courts have blocked NC’s photo ID requirement to vote in 2020. You should not be asked to verify your identity at the polls unless you use same-day registration (tip #3) or are a first-time voter in your county and your registration was not already verified. Learn more at ncvoter.org.

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