You have the right to vote from home!
For 2017, each county has it's own election schedule.
The majority of elections will occur on November 7, but your county may also have elections on September 12 and/or October 10.
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In order to vote from home, you will have to vote using something called an "absentee ballot." But first, you have to request an absentee ballot.
Step 1: Know who can request an absentee ballot.
You can request an absentee ballot. You also have the right to have a close family member or your legal guardian request an absentee ballot for you. If there is not a close family member or guardian who can assist you, almost anyone can help you request an absentee ballot.
Step 2: Get an absentee ballot request form.
Your absentee ballot request form cannot be filled out entirely online. If you are not able to download and print the form, you must call the NC Board of Elections or your local County Board of Elections to get one.
Step 3: Fill out and sign the absentee ballot request form.
Fill it out yourself or ask someone you trust to help you if it would be helpful! A close family member or your legal guardian also can fill out this form to request an absentee ballot for you. You can choose which will work better for you.
- Even if the form was downloaded and filled out on the computer, it still has to be printed so it can be signed!
Step 4: Click the link to find the mailing address for your county's Board of Elections.
Step 5: Return the absentee ballot request form.
For most people, 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 you miss this deadline, but you cannot get to the polls because of a "sickness or other disability," you may still be able to vote. You, a close family member, or your guardian will have to go, in person, to your local County Board of Elections to get an absentee ballot by the day before the election at 5:00 p.m.
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:
Your absentee ballot request form can be returned by bringing it directly to the physical address of your local County Board of Elections.
Now, click on the link to learn how to actually vote and protect your rights!