North Carolina Voting Information
Early Voting Absentee Ballot Voter Registration
There are five recognized political parties in North Carolina: Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian and Republican. Voter registration applicants may choose one of these political parties when completing a voter registration application, or they may choose not to register with a political party affiliation (“Unaffiliated”). North Carolina has a semi-closed primary system. In a partisan primary, voters who are affiliated with a political party may only vote the partisan ballot for the party for which they are affiliated; they are closed from voting in another party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters may vote in any one recognized party’s primary.
In a General Election, voters may vote for the candidates of their choice, regardless of the candidate's party affiliation.
Absentee Voter Rules
Any registered North Carolina voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
If you’re not voting for the first time in North Carolina, you don’t need to show ID to vote in person.
If you’re a first-time voter, you registered to vote by mail, and you did not provide your state-issued ID number (driver’s license, non-operators ID card, or NC Voter Registration number) when you registered, you should plan to show ID when you vote at the polls.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Current and valid photo ID
- Military ID
- A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current address