We know you’re busy – but don’t let that be the reason you don’t vote in the upcoming May 8 primary election!
If you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day, NC offers two other options to let you cast your vote: absentee ballot and early voting.
Absentee ballot may be the easiest way to vote, especially if making it to polling place is difficult for you. This option allows you to to send your vote via mail using an absentee ballot.
To request an absentee ballot, you or a near relative must write your county Board of Elections and request a ballot (be sure the request is signed). This request can be made as early as 50 days before the election, but it must be received at least 7 days before Election Day, by 5 PM. For this election, requests are due by May 1.
Early voting is the other option. Beginning 19 days before an election, all NC counties must open at least one location where citizens can vote early. This is sometimes called “One-Stop Absentee Voting” or “In-Person Absentee Voting” because you are voting early in person and you will be “absent” on Election Day.
Any voter in the county can use any of the Early Voting sites in the county. You do not need an excuse to use Early Voting.
You can also register and vote during the early voting period, even if you’ve missed the voter registration deadline of twenty-five days before the election (or April 13 for this election).
To find out more about these options and any other questions you may have on voting in NC, visit http://ncelectionconnection.com/ sponsored by our friends at Democracy NC!