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Pack the Polls is supported by the office of Student Leadership and Engagement. During these times, our office operates on an adjusted schedule. Call 919-515-9248 or contact Associate Director Brian Mathis via email at bjmathis@ncsu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated for 2020)

  • Can I vote at Talley on Election Day?
    Answer: No. Talley Student Union was an early voting site from October 15-31, 2020 only. Voters who plan to vote on Election Day must vote at their designated precinct. Click here to find your voting information.
  • I had to move off campus. Where and how do I vote?
    Answer: If you had to move off campus in August or September, you can still vote! In North Carolina, you may register to vote until October 9 at your current address or during the early voting period October 15-31.* Find out how to register in North Carolina at this link. If you are no longer in North Carolina, check with your local board of elections or other resources like Vote411.org to find out how to vote in your area.
    * Early Voting is now closed. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received no later than November 12, 2020 to be counted in the 2020 General Election.
  • How do I register using my on-campus address?
    Answer: NC State students living on campus may use their campus address to register to vote. Click here for instructions on how to access proof of address on campus.
  • Do I need a valid photo ID to vote?
    Answer: No. Voters will not be required to show photo ID for elections held in 2020. Federal and state courts have temporarily blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect until further order of the courts. Click here to see more information about voter ID requirements.
  • How old do you have to be to vote?
    Answer: In North Carolina, you must be 18 years old to vote. If you are 17 years old, and will be 18 by Election Day, you may participate in Primary Elections. You may pre-register to vote at age 16 in North Carolina. See more about age requirements here.
  • What is Absentee voting? Is it the same as Vote-by-Mail?
    Answer: In North Carolina, absentee voting includes Early Voting, voting by mail, and voting from another state or abroad to your registered county. All registered voters are qualified to vote absentee if they choose. Voters are responsible for following all guidelines and policies for absentee voting set out by their registered Board of Elections. Click here for more information about absentee voting.
  • Can I return my absentee ballot to an Early Voting site?
    Answer: 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. Click here for more information about absentee voting.
    * Early Voting is now closed. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received no later than November 12, 2020 to be counted in the 2020 General Election.
  • Can I vote early at Talley Student Union?
    Answer: Early Voting is now closed. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received no later than November 12, 2020 to be counted in the 2020 General Election.
  • How should I vote? On election day, during early voting, or absentee?
    Answer: As long as you are voting— we are ecstatic! However, Pack the Polls recognizes that college students and young voters often face challenges when it comes to voting. Our office recommends early voting, if you are able. This period allows you to easily fix any problems with your registration. Early Voting is now closed. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received no later than November 12, 2020 to be counted in the 2020 General Election.
  • I am worried about my absentee ballot not being counted. What can I do?
    Answer: If you are registered in North Carolina, the State Board of Elections launched a virtual portal for tracking your absentee ballot for the November 3rd election. Click here to visit the portal.