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Vote by Mail in 3 Simple Steps



View and print our handy one-page handout on how to vote by mail in 3 simple steps!

STEP #1: REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT* by Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at 5 PM.

*A legal guardian or near relative (defined as a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild) may request a ballot for you.

There are three main ways to request your absentee ballot:
1. Online option to submit is at
2. Download or print your request form at and return it to your county board of elections (BOE) office in-person or by mail, email, or fax.
3. Ask your county board of elections to mail you a printed request form or pick one up at their office (BOE contact info:
DON’T FORGET: Voter Information, Identification, NC Residential Address, and Signature is required. Include a phone number in the “Contact Information” section in case anything is hard to read.

STEP #2: COMPLETE YOUR BALLOT as soon as you receive it.

After you submit an absentee ballot request form, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you. Mark your absentee ballot that is mailed to you with a ballpoint pen in the presence of ONE witness.*
*Almost anyone over 18 years old can be your witness – including a spouse or neighbor.

Once your ballot is completed, do these three things before your return it:

1. Seal the ballot in the return envelope provided,

2. Complete and sign the Absentee Application and Certificate on the return envelope, and

3. Have the witness complete and sign the return envelope in the Witness’s Certification section.

DON’T FORGET: The voter and witness must sign in the right places to avoid problems. The witness must also print their name and full address (street, city, state, and zip code). If you mess up your ballot up or envelope, contact your county BOE to get another (

STEP #3: RETURN YOUR BALLOT by Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 at 5 PM.*

*If you wait until Nov. 3 to mail your ballot, you (or a near relative or legal guardian) must take it to a post office to have it postmarked by 5 PM.

You have three options to return your ballot in the provided return envelope:

1. In person to your COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS by 5 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 3,

2. In person to a county EARLY VOTING SITE during the Oct. 15-31 early voting period (find your county’s early voting sites at, or

3. Mail it to your COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS using a 55 cent stamp with the envelope postmarked by 5 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

DON’T FORGET: Only the voter (or the voter’s near relative or legal guardian) may return your ballot — do not give it to someone else to return. You CANNOT return the ballot to your Election Day polling place.

Questions about tracking your ballot?

Visit or call 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683).

Updated October 2020