Absentee Voting

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Request an Absentee Ballot

Any qualified voter in NC may request to vote an absentee ballot by mail. To apply for an absentee ballot a voter or the voter’s near-relative* must complete the State Absentee Ballot Request Form found here. The Board of Elections must receive your completed and signed absentee ballot request no later than 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday prior to Election Day. Submit your absentee ballot request by:

  • Email to PITT.boe@ncsbe.gov;
  • Fax to 252-830-1157;
  • Mail to PO Box 56, Greenville NC 27835; or,
  • Hand delivery to the Elections Office.

*A "near-relative" means a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild.


Completing the State Absentee Ballot Request Form

The State Absentee Ballot Request Form may only be signed by the voter or a near-relative or legal guardian of the voter. When completing the form, the voter or requestor must sign and provide the voter's name, residential address, date of birth, and an identification number for the voter (i.e., NC driver license number, NC identification card number, or the last four digits of the voter's social security number). If an identification number is not provided on the form, then the requestor must submit one of the following documents listed below along with the completed request form:

  • Current utility bill;
  • Bank statement;
  • Government check;
  • Paycheck; or,
  • Other government documents containing name and address.

If a person other than the voter (a near relative or legal guardian) makes the request, then the requestor must also provide his or her name and residential address on the request form. If requesting a ballot for a Primary, and the voter is registered Unaffiliated, indicate the ballot preference for the voter. Finally, the voter or requestor must provide the address where the absentee balloting materials are to be mailed, if different than the voter's residential address.


Receiving a Ballot

If a valid request is received, the Board of Elections will mail the absentee balloting materials to the address provided on the request form when absentee ballots are available. Absentee ballots are available:

  • 50 days prior to the date of a Statewide Primary, County Bond Election or any other election, except those listed below;
  • 60 days prior to the date of a Statewide General Election;
  • 30 days prior to Municipal Elections.

The absentee ballot packet you receive will consist of the following materials:


Voting an Absentee Ballot

Mark the ballot following the instructions provided by the Board of Elections. You must mark the ballot in the presence of two witnesses (or one witness if the witness is a Notary-Public) that are at least 18 years of age and are not your employer, nor owners or employees of a care facility in which you are a resident. Once the ballot is marked, seal it in the return envelope and complete the Absentee Application and Certificate on the back of the return envelope. The voter’s witnesses must complete and sign the envelope in the space designated as Witnesses’ Certification (or Alternative Notary-Witness Certification, if using a Notary-Public as the witness). If someone assisted the voter, the assister must sign and date the certificate as well.


Returning a Voted Ballot

Once the Absentee Application and Certificate (on the return envelope) is fully executed with all relevant signatures, the voted ballot (contained inside of the return envelope) must be returned to the Board of Elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on Election Day. The envelope may be mailed or delivered in person to the Board of Elections office. Only the voter or voter's near relative (spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, stepchild or qualified legal guardian) may deliver an absentee ballot in person.

Ballots received after 5:00 p.m. on Election Day will be timely ONLY if they are received by mail and bear a postmark that is dated on or before the date of the election and are received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day following the election.