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You have the right to vote from a facility, such as a nursing home, hospital, adult care home, or psychiatric facility!

 

If you live in a facility and will not be able to get out to vote by yourself, see if facility staff or someone you know can take you to vote in person.

Otherwise, you can use an absentee ballot to vote. (Of course, you have to register to vote first.)

 

Step 1: Know who can request an absentee ballot.

 
  • You can request an absentee ballot. A close family member or your legal guardian can request an absentee ballot for you. 

  • There are also Multipartisan Assistance Teams, or MATs, that can come to your facility and help you request an absentee ballot. Members of MATs are volunteers with your local County Board of Elections. Call your local County Board of Elections to request a MAT. You can also ask the activity coordinator or management of the facility where you live to call and request a MAT.

  • If you have called your local County Board of Elections for help from a MAT, and they do not help you within a week of you asking, almost anyone can help you request an absentee ballot.

  • People who cannot help you request an absentee ballot:

    • Anyone who owns or works at the facility where you live

    • Anyone who holds or is running for public office

    • Anyone who is involved in a campaign for public office

 

Step 2: Get an absentee ballot request form.

 
 

A couple things about MATs:

 
  • The MAT team can come out to your facility, bring you an absentee ballot request form, help you fill out your form, and return it for you!

  • Make sure you schedule a time for them to come back to help you vote when your ballot comes in the mail!

  • Get more information on MATs.

 

Step 3: If you aren't going to use a MAT to fill out your absentee ballot request form, you will have to make sure your form is filled out and signed.

 
  • You can fill out this form, with or without help. Also, a close family member or your legal guardian can fill out this form to request an absentee ballot for you. 

  • Even if you downloaded and filled out the form on the computer, it still has to be printed so you can sign it! If you do not have access to a printer, and you do not want to use a MAT, you can ask to have an absentee ballot request form mailed to you.

  • If you would like to have a MAT help you vote when your ballot comes in the mail, check the Yes box on the absentee ballot request form where it asks if you want "assistance in marking your ballot." Make sure to include the name of the facility where you live.

 


Step 5: Return the absentee ballot request form!

 
  • Your absentee ballot request form MUST be filled out and returned (not just mailed) by the Tuesday before the election at 5:00 p.m. You can return your absentee ballot request form by mail, fax, email, or in person to your local county board of elections office. If you plan to mail it in, give yourself extra time so you do not miss the deadline!
 
 

If using a MAT team: 

 
  • The MAT team can return your ballot request form for you!

 
 

For mailing it in: 

 
  • Get an envelope and a stamp. Put your filled-out and signed absentee ballot request form in the envelope. On the front of the envelope, write the mailing address for your local County Board of Elections. Also, put the stamp in the upper right-hand corner of envelope. Put the envelope in the mail.

 
 

For emailing it in:

 
  • Scan your filled-out and signed absentee ballot. Then send that scanned document as an attachment to the email address of your local County Board of Elections.

 
 

For returning it in person:

 
 

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Congratulations! You have just requested your absentee ballot!

You should get an absentee ballot in the mail shortly. If it does not come within a week, call your the NC Board of Elections or your local County Board of Elections. If they don't help you, report it!

 

Now, click on the link to learn how to vote and protect your rights!