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Voter Info Kit: “Been Locked UP? Don’t Be Locked Out!”

Check out our “Been locked up? Don’t be locked out!” Resource Kit!

This kit has voting info for folks that have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime.  It includes information in three formats:

(1) a vertical, double-sided half sheet with detailed information,

(2) a postcard-sized, double-sided info card with quick, easy-to-digest info, and

(3) a poster for displaying info in your community.

You can download all three below OR email to have color copies mailed to you in quantities to distribute.

#1 - "Locked Up? Don't Get Locked Out" Vertical HALF SHEET

Download this resource full of important voting rights information — updated for 2020!

#2 - "Locked Up? Don't Get Locked Out" POSTCARD

Download this colorful resource, great to distribute, full of digestible information! Updated for 2020!

#3 - "Locked Up? Don't Get Locked Out" POSTER

Download this poster to display this helpful voting information for your community! Updated for 2020!


If you’ve been convicted of a FELONY: you temporarily lose your right to vote.

In NC, you automatically get back your right to vote after you serve your sentence, including probation and parole. You don’t need a special document that says your rights are restored. You just register and vote like any eligible voter.

If you’ve been convicted of a MISDEMEANOR: you never lose your right to vote.

You can register and vote, even if you’re still in jail. Register, and complete and mail an absentee ballot request form (available at so it arrives at your county’s board of elections at least a week before the election. Provide an address on your registration form (and absentee request) where you can receive mail – either the jail, your home, or the home of a near relative who can help you vote (spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild).

Got questions?

Call or text Democracy North Carolina at 888-OUR-VOTE or visit

How to Register & Vote

Register by Mail

GET a registration form from the county Board of Elections or a public library, or download it from

MAIL or deliver the form to your county board of elections at least 25 days before Election Day. Find your county board at

RECEIVE a postcard in the mail from your county board of elections confirming your registration, the location of your polling place, and more!

Same-Day Registration & Voting

You can register to vote in-person at any Early Voting site in your county – and vote there, too. You can only do this during Early Voting (NOT on Election Day).

To register, bring one form of ID with your name and current address, such as NC driver’s license, utility bill, vehicle registration, or any letter, bill, license or document from a local, state, or federal government agency.

Some election laws are being challenged in court and rules could change before you vote.

For the latest on where or how to vote, call or text 888-OUR-VOTE or visit