Voting rules have changed. Know before you go:
NO PHOTO ID IS NEEDED TO VOTE in NC’s 2020 Primary. For the latest rules, visit ncvoter.org.
Vote early before Primary Election Day during the 17-day period (Feb. 13–29) anywhere in your county to avoid long lines and register at the same time!
If you wait until Primary Election Day (March 3) vote at your very own assigned polling place between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Questions about voting? Problems at the polls?
Call the Hotline: 888-OUR-VOTE.
HOT TIPS FOR VOTING
The 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION will determine who’s on the GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT this fall. Make sure you’re ready to vote using our TOP 10 TIPS.
- You can (and should) check your registration to make sure it’s current and you’re ready to vote in the 2020 Primary. Look yourself up (and find out what’s on your ballot) at demnc.co/lookup.
- You can register to vote for the 2020 Primary at your current address by 25 days before Primary Election Day (Feb. 7) or during Early Voting. You must register again if you move or finish a felony sentence, including parole or probation. Forms can be found at
libraries, high schools, or at demnc.co/register.
- You can register and vote on the same day during Early Voting if you miss the Feb. 7 deadline. Just fill out a form at any of your county’s Early Voting locations and show one of the following with a name and address: a government document, pay stub,
utility bill, bank statement, or student ID with a school document showing your address.
- You can vote by mail. Any voter may do this, but in 2020 the rules have changed about who can help you request and submit an absentee ballot, including a close relative, legal guardian, or member of a local multipartisan assistance team. Learn more about
these new rules and deadlines to vote by mail at demnc.co/absentee.
- Vote curbside. You can vote in your vehicle if you affirm that you can’t reach the voting room in your poll due to age or disability. Problems when you go to vote curbside? Call 888-OUR-VOTE.
- Vote your entire ballot, including federal, state and local races. Take your time, mark your choices in EVERY race. And don’t forget to check ncvoter.org to learn about important state and local races down your ballot in 2020.
- Been locked up? Don’t get locked out. If you’ve been convicted of a felony you can register and vote after you serve your sentence, including probation or parole. If you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor, you never lose your right to vote.
- You do not need to show a photo ID to vote in the 2020 Primary.* A federal judge has blocked NC’s photo ID requirement to vote while the courts decide whether the law is discriminatory. You should not be asked for a photo ID to vote at the polls.
- You can vote on the weekend. In addition to weekday sites and hours, many NC counties are offering multiple weekend options to vote early during the 2020 Primary. But working voters in all 100 NC counties at least have the chance to vote on the final Saturday of Early Voting (Leap Day, Feb. 29). Mandatory voting hours on Feb. 29 are from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Find where to vote early in your county at demnc.co/voteearly.
- You can vote using a provisional ballot if you go to the wrong precinct on Primary Election Day or have other problems. If you do not receive a ballot, call 888-OUR-VOTE immediately.
PRO TIP Use your cellphone to remember your picks for every race. The more you know about the races on your ballot—the less you leave blank. 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.
*except if you use same-day registration (tip #3) or if you are a new voter in the county and your voter registration was not fully verified. In that case, you can show one of the documents in #3 or any current photo ID. Problems? Call 888-OUR-VOTE.
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