Absentee Voting

Any North Carolina registered voter may request, receive, and vote a mail-in absentee ballot in most elections. No special circumstance or reason is needed to vote by mail in North Carolina. Voting by mail takes three simple steps — requesting, completing, and returning a ballot. Follow the instructions provided on the Absentee Ballot Request Form.

Request a Ballot by Mail

You may request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Request Form and delivering it to the Elections Office at 1717 West 5th Street or mailing to:
PO Box 56
Greenville, NC 27835

The deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot Request Form is 5:00 PM the Tuesday before Election Day. A near relative may complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form for any eligible voter. Examples of near relatives are:

  • Brother
  • Child
  • Daughter-in-law
  • Father-in-law
  • Grandchild
  • Grandparent
  • Mother-in-law
  • Parent
  • Sister
  • Son-in-law
  • Spouse
  • Stepchild
  • Stepparent

After the Absentee Ballot Request Form is processed by the Board of Elections, a ballot will be mailed directly to the voter.

Sick/Disabled Voters

A voter in this category may apply or have a near relative apply for an absentee ballot up to 5:00 PM the day before the election.

Military and Overseas Voting

Military or overseas voters have special rights under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). See the NC State Board of Elections' Military and Overseas Voting page for more information on military and overseas citizens’ absentee voting.

One-Stop Early Voting

The One-Stop Absentee Process runs from the 3rd Thursday before the election until 3:00 PM on the Saturday before the election.

Accessible Absentee Voting

If you are a blind or visually impaired voter in North Carolina, you can request, mark, and return an accessible absentee ballot online through a system that is compatible with screen readers and allows for a digital or typed signature. Learn more at Accessible Absentee Voting.

If you live at a facility such as a hospital, clinic, or nursing home, find out how to receive assistance with mail-in voting and other services provided by a multipartisan assistance team (MAT) at Assistance for Voters in Care Facilities.