Absentee Voting

Click here to request your absentee ballot online!

PLEASE REMEMBER: If absentee-by-mail ballots are returned in-person, they must be delivered by the voter, the voter's near relative, or a verifiable legal guardian.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot by Mail

Any registered voter of Carteret County may request an absentee ballot. Requests can only be made by completing an Absentee Ballot Request Form provided by the State Board of Elections.

A request may be returned by any of the methods noted below:

  • Online: Click here to access the Absentee Ballot Request Portal
  • By Mail: Carteret County Board of Elections, Attn: Absentee Ballots, 1702 Live Oak Street, Suite 200, Beaufort, NC 28516
  • In Person: Carteret County Board of Elections, 1702 Live Oak Street, Suite 200, Beaufort, NC 28516

For more details on Absentee Voting in North Carolina please click here.

Click here to download a PDF of the Absentee Request Form (English).

Click here to download a PDF of the Absentee Request Form (Spanish)

Returning the Absentee Ballot

Absentee Ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day.

The absentee ballot return envelope can be delivered back to the Board of Elections office in-person, by mail, or via commercial courier. Alternatively, the return envelope can also be delivered in person to any early voting site or the Carteret County Board of Elections office, but only by the voter or the voter's near relative or legal guardian. The Board of Elections cannot accept as timely return envelopes after 5:00 p.m. on Election Day, unless arriving by mail within three business days and postmarked by Election Day.

The return envelope cannot be accepted at any polling place on Election Day.

Military and Overseas Voters

If you are a military service member (or immediate family member) who is absent from Carteret County, or a U.S. citizen living overseas, you are encouraged to use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request your absentee ballot. If you are not registered to vote in Carteret County, it will also serve to accomplish that. Please fill it out as thoroughly as possible and mail/fax/scan or email to us. For military and overseas voters, that will ensure you get ballots for all elections to be held this calendar year. The deadline for UOCAVA voters requesting an absentee ballot for any election is the day prior to Election Day. Click here for more information and forms.

When returning the ballot, the materials will also give military-overseas voters the option of requesting ballots for the upcoming calendar year.

If you have any questions, please email or call our office at 252-728-8460.

11/07/2023 Municipal Election UOCAVA Notice