VOTING in the General Election

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View this helpful resource with tips on how make sure your vote counts in the General Election!

3 voting options are available to all registered voters:

One-stop Early Voting at any site in your county, including on weekends. Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, November 5.

Absentee voting by mail or hand-delivered to your county BOE or Early Voting site. Request your ballot starting now at demnc.co/portal.

Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, from 6:30 AM 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 can. 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).


1. Register: You can register to vote online or by print form by October 14th – or in person at an Early Voting site. A 17-year-old may register and vote if they will be 18 by General Election Day, November 8th, 2022. Update your registration if you move. For more rules, visit demnc.co/register.

*PRO TIP* Check now to make sure your registration is current so you’re ready to vote at demnc.co/lookup.

2. Vote Early: Choosing Early Voting will be the quickest way to cast your ballot — with 17 days to choose from and multiple locations! You can also register AND vote on the same day during the Early Voting period ONLY. Just fill out a form at your county’s Early Voting site, and show one of the following with your name and address: a government-issued ID or document, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, or student ID with a school document showing your name and address. Find your Early Voting site at demnc.co/voteearly.

3. Vote by Mail: Any registered voter may vote by mail (also known as “absentee” voting). 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 are convicted of a felony, you TEMPORARILY lose your right to vote. In NC, you automatically get back your right to vote once you are no longer incarcerated. If you are on probation/parole/post-release for a felony conviction, you can register and vote like any eligible voter. You don’t need a special document that says your rights are restored. Please call our Hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE for the latest rules. Learn more at: demnc.co/notlockedout

To learn the latest, visit ncvoter.org.

5. Assistance: A close family member may help you vote; voters with a disability or difficulty reading may get help from anyone (except their employer or union agent). You have the right to vote curbside from your vehicle if you can’t reach the voting room due to age, a physical or mental disability, or you have COVID-19 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. Back-Up Plan: If you go to the wrong precinct and do not have time to get to your correct precinct, you can cast a provisional ballot. If you are told that you cannot vote a normal ballot for another reason, you have the right to vote a provisional ballot. Ask for it! If you are denied a provisional ballot, call 888-OUR-VOTE immediately.

7. Vote Your Entire Ballot: You can take a cellphone or paper list into the polls to help remember your choices for each elected office, but no photos are allowed. If you mess up your ballot, just ask for a new one.

*PRO TIP* Review your sample ballot at demnc.co/yourballot; new voting maps may have changed your

districts. Learn more and see nonpartisan voter guides at ncvoter.org.

8. Your districts may have changed: Now that NC’s Redistricting process is complete, you may live in

different state or federal districts. Check your districts at demnc.co/lookup.

9. Election Day: Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on November 8th. Vote at your polling location, NOT an Early Voting location. Find your Election Day poll at demnc.co/lookup (it may have changed due to new districts). Lines are longest 7-9 a.m. and 4-7:30 p.m. If you are in line by 7:30 p.m. you can vote. Stay in line!

10. ID Rules: You do not need to show a photo ID to vote. Courts have blocked NC’s photo ID requirement to vote. You should not be asked to verify your identity at the polls unless you use same-day registration (tip #2) or are a first-time voter in your county and your registration was not already verified. Learn more at ncvoter.org.