2020 General Election

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First-Time Voters

Step One: Register

The voter registration deadline for the November 2020 General Election has now passed. North Carolina voters may still register during the early voting period October 15-31 at any early voting site. Click here for more information.

Registering to vote requires completing a few steps, including a registration form for your voting county’s Board of Elections. Navigate to the next section here to get started with registering.

During the early voting period, you can still register to vote. Check out the one-stop registration section to learn more.

Step Two: Decide on Early, Absentee, or Election Day Voting

Voters in North Carolina have three ways to cast their ballots: voting early, submitting an absentee ballot, or voting on Election Day. Find out more about each option in these sections: Early Voting, Absentee Voting, and Election Day.

Early voting is a great option for flexibility and easy access to the polls. NC State’s Talley Student Union will serve as an early voting site from October 15-31, 2020. Click here to learn more about voting early at Talley Student Union.

Step Three: Find Your Polling Station

During the Early Voting Period, voters registered in Wake County may vote at any early voting site. On Election Day, voters must locate their polling location based on their registration address.

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Voter Registration

Registering to vote is an exciting and important process in a democracy! If you’re registering to vote for the first time, or simply updating your previous registration, please take a few minutes to review the following:

How do I register to vote?

Early voting is commonly also called “One-Stop (Early) Voting.” This is because individuals may register and vote at the same time during the early voting period. If you plan to register and vote during the early voting period on location, you will need updated proof of residency including any one of the following documents:

Click here to see our section on one-stop registration.

Who can register to vote?

The following are the requirements for registering to vote in North Carolina:

  • You are a citizen of the United States of America
  • You are 18 years of age, or will be 18 years of age by the date of the next election. You may register to vote if you are 16 years of age or older, but you may not vote until you are at least 18 years old.
  • You have been a legal resident in the county where you will vote for at least 30 days before the date of the next election.
  • You must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or parole). If a prospective voter has previously been convicted of a felony, their citizenship rights must be restored. For more information on voting rights for those in the North Carolina criminal justice system, click here.

Out-of-State and Non-Local Students

Consider voting in Wake County! If you’re an out-of-state student living in Wake County, we encourage you to consider registering to vote and participating in local, statewide, and general elections in North Carolina. Most students spend between 4-6 years in the area, so we invite you to exercise your voice here!

The absentee ballot process is mandated by state and local boards or commissions. Out-of-state and non-local students are encouraged to check with their location’s board of elections or equivalent office to ensure they are following all policies and procedures for submitting an absentee ballot. In most cases, absentee ballots must be requested weeks prior to the election date. Click here for a helpful tool to figure out what you need to vote absentee.

When is the registration deadline?

The voter registration deadline for the General Election is October 9, 2020. All registration forms must be received by your local Board of Elections office by this date, or if mailed, must be postmarked by or before October 9, 2020. You can register to vote after this deadline at Early Voting! Click here to learn more about one-stop registration at early voting.

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General Elections Timeline

October 9, 20205 p.m.Voter registration deadline
October 15-31, 2020M-F | 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Sat. | 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sun. | 1-6 p.m.
Early Voting
Saturday, Oct. 31, 20208 a.m.-3 p.mFinal Early Voting day
October 27, 20205 p.m.Absentee by Mail Request deadline
November 3, 20206:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.Election Day
November 13, 2020Canvass*

*Canvass is the official process of determining the votes have been counted and tabulated correctly, resulting in the authentication of the official election results. See more about canvass here.

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Absentee Ballot Voting

Who can vote absentee?

All registered voters may vote absentee. Voting absentee is the process by which voters cast their ballots early, via the mail, or from another location (in the United States or from abroad). Absentee ballots must be requested from the Board of Elections in the county in which the voter is registered.

How do I vote absentee?

State law requires that voters submit the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form to receive their ballots by mail. Ballots must be delivered to your county Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on Election Day. The ballot will include instructions for how it can be returned properly.

Click here to see the five easy steps to cast your ballot by mail!

Where do I request an absentee ballot form and what is the request deadline?

Click here to request a form and find out more information about voting absentee. Absentee ballot request forms must be requested no later than Tuesday, October 27 at 5 p.m. from your county board of elections. The State Board of Elections strongly encourages voters to request a ballot as soon as possible to avoid problems due to postal delays and to allow for time to correct any issues with your request.

Can I return my absentee ballot to an Early Voting site?

Yes. You must stand in line with the rest of the voters until you get inside. Once you are inside you must go to the registration/check-in table. You will hand your voted absentee ballot, sealed in the return envelope, to the elections official and will be required to fill out an absentee ballot return log. Once logged, you will exit through the same exit as the other voters exiting. This is the safest way for both voters and election officials. If hand-delivering, it must be logged in when delivered. Drop-boxes are not permitted under North Carolina Law.

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Early Voting at Talley Student Union and Elsewhere

Early voting takes place in North Carolina October 15-31, 2020. Voters registered in Wake County may cast their votes early at any early voting site in Wake County. See the complete list of early voting sites at this link.

Not in Wake County? Check out more early voting information on the North Carolina Board of Elections website linked here.

NC State University will host an early voting location at Talley Student Union in the State Ballroom.

Directions to Talley

The Early Voting site is located one floor up from street level on Dunn Avenue approximately 500 feet (152 meters) from parking. The site is accessible via a stairwell or an elevator at street level.

Free Parking at Talley

Free parking is available for voters on Jeter Drive and levels 2-5 of Coliseum Parking Deck. Follow signs and instructions from parking attendants.

View Wait Times

View live waiting times at Talley Student Union for early voting via Airtable. Wait times are regularly updated by election officials.

Early Voting Schedule
  • Weekdays from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sundays from 1-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Register at Early Voting

Click here to make sure you are prepared for what to bring in order to register and vote during early voting.

Submit a Question

Contact us via this short form with any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns regarding early voting at Talley Student Union.

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One-Stop Registration

Early voting is commonly also called “One-Stop (Early) Voting.” This is because individuals may register and vote at the same time during the early voting period.

Important Note: One-stop voters registering at early voting may not vote on Election Day. They must vote during the early voting period (October 15-31). If you plan to register and vote during the early voting period on location, please note the following requirements:

  • For faculty, staff, and other voters registered in Wake County:
    1. Proof of residency document that includes your name and current address. Common documents include:
      1. North Carolina driver’s license with your current residential address;
      2. Photo identification from a government agency with your current residential address; or
      3. A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your current residential address
      4. Click here for a more complete list of documents you can provide

For more information about the requirements for participating in one-stop early voting, please see this notice from the State of North Carolina.

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Be an Informed Voter!

Voting in an election is much like preparing to take an exam, you have to plan and be prepared before stepping into the voting booth. Depending on the election and where you live, your ballot may have federal offices, state-wide offices, city and county government offices, judiciary elections, state constitutional amendments, and/or local bond referendums. But don’t worry, it is easy to prepare by following these steps:

  1. Review your Sample Ballot: Prior to the election, the North Carolina State Board of Elections makes available to voters their sample ballot. You can retrieve this by visiting this link and selecting “Sample Ballots.”
  2. Research your Ballot: There are a number of voting resources out there for you to utilize to learn about the candidates and issues on your ballot, such as your local newspaper, or independent newspaper/magazine. In addition, there are a number of great non-partisan resources to also access online. One non-partisan resource we recommend is from the League of Women Voters is Vote411.org.
  3. Bring your notes: After you have researched your ballot, you don’t have to worry about memorizing your choices, you can bring your notes into the voting booth. While it is advisable to print out your notes, you are able to bring in your phone, but be sure not to use it to take any photos or have any other electronic communication as that is not permitted while in the voting enclosure.
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Election Days

  • Dates: October 15-31, 2020
  • Times: Variable (see below)
    • Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Sunday from 1-6 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Locations: Talley Student Union and 19 other early voting locations in Wake County. Click here for the complete list.
  • Absentee ballots must be requested by October 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots must be returned by Election Day or postmarked by or before Election Day if being mailed.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • Times: 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Locations: Voters must vote at their registered polling location. Follow this link to look up your voting information.
  • Absentee ballots must be returned or postmarked by November 3, 2020 to be counted in the 2020 General Election.

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Voter Identification

Voters are not required to show photo ID until further order of the courts. More information and regular updates are available via the North Carolina State Board of Elections website at this link.

Individuals registering to vote at one-stop early voting are required to provide documentation for proof of residency. Click here to see more on registering at early voting.

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ACC SAAC ProAACtive Speaker Series Ep 1 from September 21, 2020 featuring Brian Mathis, Associate Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement at NC State who speaks about the history of voting in the United States and other aspects of voting.