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Frequently Asked Questions About Voting in North Carolina

Important Dates:

Friday, October 10th: Voter Registration forms must be postmarked or delivered in person to your County Board of Elections by 5PM. After this date, you can still register AND vote in person at One-Stop early Voting locations in your county. For a registration form and instructions, go to

Thursday, October 16th: One-Stop Early Voting begins. Register and vote, early, all in one trip.

Tuesday, October 28th: The last day to request absentee ballots in writing.

Saturday, November 1st: One -Stop Early Voting ends.

Monday, November 3rd: Absentee ballots must be received by county board of elections by 5 p.m.

Tuesday, November 4th: ELECTON DAY. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

You have to vote for President separately.

If you vote ONLY for a straight party ticket, then you haven’t voted for President. Be sure to first vote for Barack Obama for president, and then continue voting.

Early Voting

You can vote during One-Stop Early Voting from October 16th through November 1st. You can find your One-Stop Early Voting location here.

Q: Why should I early vote?
It's the easiest way to make sure your vote for Obama/Biden counts - avoid Election Day lines, catching a cold or getting held up at work. And then you can volunteer to help get out the vote for Barack and Joe on Election Day.


Q: When is the Voter Registration Deadline?

To register to vote on election day (November 4th), you must drop off your registration form at your County Election Board or have it postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on October 10, 2008. Visit to register. If you have missed the October 10th deadline, you may register and vote at the same time, in person, at a One-Stop Early Voting site in your county from October 16, 2008 through November 1, 2008.

Q: Who is eligible to vote?

To be eligible to register to vote in North Carolina, you must be:

-A United States citizen.
-18 years of age or older or will be by the Nov. 4 General Election. (You do not have to be 18 when you register or early vote. You simply must be 18 by Election Day.)
- A resident of North Carolina and the county precinct where you want to vote for at least 30 days before the election.
- Not a convicted felon who is still in custody, on probation, or on parole. (If you’ve served all parts of your sentence, probation, and parole your citizenship rights are automatically restored and you can register like any other citizen.)

**ANY college student can vote in North Carolina, so long as he or she has been a North Carolina resident for at least 30 days before the election.**

Q. How can I find out whether or not I am registered?
Visit NC Board of Elections to find out.


Q. How do I register to vote?
BETWEEN October 16th and November 1st: Visit a One-Stop Early Vote site in your county to register and vote at the same time. Find your Early Vote location here.

Q: Where should I early vote?

Visit to find early vote LOCATION information.

Q: I am an out-of-state college student, can I vote in North Carolina?

Yes! Students at universities in North Carolina may register to vote in North Carolina, listing their mailing address at the university as their residence.

Q: I have a felony conviction. Can I vote?

If you are out of prison, not on parole, and have served all parts of your sentence, then your citizenship rights have been automatically restored and you may register and vote in North Carolina.

Q: Can I wear Obama pins, stickers, caps, or shirts to the polls?

A: Yes. There is an e-mail going around that falsely warns people they cannot wear Obama gear to the polling place. Some of the e-mails even claim that people won't be able to vote if they wear Obama gear. This is not correct. The truth is that North Carolina law bans electioneering in the voting enclosure and nearby buffer zone (25' - 50' around the polling place.) Wearing a candidate t-shirt or button does not constiture electioneering. The voter only has to avoid bothering other people or actively campaignigh for the candidate.While it is better to avoid any possbile confusion by wearing neutral clothes to the polls, you should know your rights. As long as you're not campagning inside the polls, be proud. Show up. Your ballot is your voice.

Q: What identification do I need to bring if I am going to One-Stop Early Vote?


You can register to vote and cast your ballot for Barack Obama from October 16th through November 1st with One-Stop Early Voting. To register to vote you must bring one of these items that shows your name and address:


You can vote early for Barack Obama from October 16th through November 1st, with One-Stop Early Voting. First-time voters should bring one of the following documents:

Q: I’m in the military or living out of the country. Can I vote in North Carolina?

Yes. If you are a member of the uniformed services or merchant marine on active duty, or an eligible spouse or dependent, or any U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S., then you should request an absentee ballot.

1. Complete the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) available from the Federal Voting Assistance website where you can download instructions and a copy of the FPCA form (OR) you may request a form from your Voting Assistance Officer assigned to your military installation.

2. Upon completion of the FPCA mail, fax, or email it to your county board of elections.
The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail or fax for any election is the day prior to Election Day. Ballots can be faxed to a number you provide on the FPCA. To request and receive faxed ballots, transmit the completed FPCA to the NC State Board of Elections by mail or fax. Our secure fax line is 919-715-0351. The address and contact for your County Board of Elections can be found here.

Questions regarding any of these procedures should be directed to the State Board of Elections at 919-733-7173 or by email at


Still have questions?

Email or visit the NC Board of Elections website.

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