1.  MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE.  Fill out a voter registration form at your local library or high school.  You can also find a voter registration form by visiting or by calling 888-OUR-VOTE.


  • Register by October 12 to vote in the 2018 general election on November 6.
  • You will no longer be able to register to vote on Election Day in 2018.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – General Election day!  Polls open at 6:30 am, close at 7:30 pm; last day to return absentee ballots in person to board of election by 5:00 p.m. or by mail with postmark.

3.  YOU WILL NOT NEED AN ID TO VOTE IN 2018.The requirement to show a photo ID for voting and other associated laws has been struck down by a Federal court. Photo ID is not required to vote. Learn more here.

4.  ANYONE CAN VOTE BY MAIL.  Absentee voting is easy.  October 30th – Last day to request an absentee ballotClick here to get your mail ballot. Ballots must be mailed or turned in to the voting site by 5:00 p.m. on election day. 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.

5.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND VOTE EARLY. The early voting period is from October 18th to November 3rd. Find your early voting locations by calling your county election board, listed on the NC Board of Elections website.  You must vote at your own precinct on Election Day.

6.  HELP STUDENTS NAVIGATE THE VOTING PROCESSStudents should register to vote using either their home address or their school address. Students may wish to vote by mail.

7.  KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.  You do not lose your right to vote if you have a warrant, fine, misdemeanor, or bankruptcy.  People with a felony record from any state can register and vote in NC after serving their sentence, including probation or parole.  No special document is needed.  Register like a new voter.

8.  VOTERS CAN ASK FOR HELP.  If you have a disability or difficulty reading (due to language or vision), you have the right to assistance from anyone of your choice except your employer or union agent.  If the voting room isn’t accessible due to your age or disability, you can vote at the curb in a vehicle or choose to vote by mail.

9.  REPORT VOTING PROBLEMS RIGHT AWAY.  Any voter can call in to report long lines or voter intimidation.  Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you experience any difficulty voting.