Absentee Ballot Request Procedures

REGISTERED NORTH CAROLINA VOTERS

Any North Carolina Voter can request an absentee ballot.
 
How to request an absentee ballot if you are a registered North Carolina voter:
 
  • All voters must complete the State Request for an Absentee Ballot.
  • Call or email your county board of elections office to request additional information regarding requesting an application for an absentee ballot.
  • Near relatives* may also request absentee ballots using the same format as above with the addition of the relationship to the voter and the near relative's contact information.
Any registered North Carolina Voter may choose to vote in person using One-stop Absentee Voting which begins the second Thursday before the election and ends the Saturday prior to the election. for more information regarding One Stop Absentee Voting and for specific locations where you can vote, contact your county board of elections.
 
*A near relative is a: spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild.
UOCAVA CITIZENS

UOCAVA citizens are members of the following groups:

  • Member of the uniformed services or merchant marine on active duty, or an eligible spouse or dependent

  • U.S. citizen residing outside the United States

How to request an absentee ballot if:

 

You are a member of the uniformed services or merchant marine on active duty, or an eligible spouse or dependent.

  1. Complete the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) available from the Voting Assistance Officer assigned to your military installation or,

  2. From the Federal Voting Assistance website www.fvap.gov where you can download instructions and a copy of the FPCA form.

  3. Upon completion of the application, mail, fax, or email it to your county board of elections.

  4. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail or fax for any election is the day prior to Election Day.

You may also complete the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form.

Ballots can be faxed to a number you provide on the FPCA.  To request and receive faxes ballots, transmit the completed FPCA to the North Carolina State Board of Elections by mail or fax.  Their secure line is 919-733-7173.

 

Questions regarding this procedure should be directed to the North Carolina State board of Elections at 919-733-7173 or by email elections.sboe@ncmail.net



How to request an absentee ballot if:

 

You are a United States citizen residing outside the United States

  1. Complete the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) available at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website www.fvap.gov.

  2. Mail, email, or fax the completed form to your county board of elections office.  An updated listing for all of the county boards of elections is available on the State Board of Elections website www.sboe.state.nc.us

  3. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail or fax for any election is the day prior to Election Day.

You may also complete the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form.

Ballots can be faxed to a number you provide on the FPCA.  To request and receive faxed ballots, transmit the completed FPCA to the North Carolina State Board of Elections by mail or fax.  Their secure line is 919-715-0351.

 

Questions regarding this procedure should be directed to the North Carolina State board of Elections at 919-733-7173 or by email at elections.sboe@ncmail.net