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You have the right to vote from home!

 

Visit our Vote from a Facility page if you currently are living in a residential facility, such as a nursing home, rest home, adult care home, or psychiatric facility.

 
 

In order to vote from home, you will have to use 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. A close family member or your legal guardian also can fill out this form to request an absentee ballot for you.

  • Even if you download the form and fill it out on the computer, you still need to print it so you can sign it!
 

Step 4: 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, make sure the form will arrive at the Board of Elections before 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: 

 
  • Find the mailing address of your local County Board of Elections.

  • 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:

 
  • Find the email address for your local County Board of Elections.

  • 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 actually vote and protect your rights!