2020 Primary Elections

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First-Time Voters

Step One: Register

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 February 13-29. Click here for see more.

Step Three: Find Your Polling Station

During the Early Voting Period or on Election Day, you’ll need to locate your polling station to cast your ballot.

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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:

Voter Registration Form

If you know what to do, and you’re ready to get started, click here to access the voter registration form. Please continue down for more information on the registration process, how to submit the form, important dates, and more.

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.

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 a valid government-issued photo identification and proof of residency including any one of the following documents:

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

When is the registration deadline?

The voter registration deadline for the Primary Elections is February 7, 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 February 7, 2020.

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Primary Elections Timeline

DateTimeEvent
February 7, 20205 p.m.Voter registration deadline
February 13-28, 2020M-F | 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Sat. | 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sun. | 1-6 p.m.
Early voting period
February 29, 20208 a.m.-3 p.m.Final early voting day
February 25, 20205 p.m.Absentee by Mail Request deadline
March 3, 20206:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.Primary Election Day
March 13, 2020Canvass
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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 via the mail. Absentee ballots must be requested from your board of elections.

How do I vote absentee?

State law requires that voters submit the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form. Ballots must be delivered to your county Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on Election Day.

Where do I request an absentee ballot form?

Click here to request a form and find out more information about voting absentee.

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Early Voting at Talley Student Union and Elsewhere

NC State University was an early voting location from February 13-29, 2020 in Talley Student Union room 3285. Early voting is now closed.

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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. If you plan to register and vote during the early voting period on location, please note the following requirements:

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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Election Days

Talley Student Union is not a voting location on March 3. It is only an early voting location.

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News and Voter Guide Resources

Pack the Polls maintains are page with news articles, resources, and other publications as resources to voters and visitors to the site. The resources are not endorsed as reflections of the coalition, nor are they associated with NC State University. Click here to visit the news and resources page.

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Voter Identification

Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the 2020 Primary Election. In a December 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court. For more information visit the State Board of Elections website: www.ncsbe.gov.

Individuals registering to vote at one-stop early voting are subject to identification requirements. Click here to see more on registering at early voting.

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Questions?

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