CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
Absentee voting is comprised of two methods by which registered voters may cast ballots
other than the traditional method of appearing in person and casting a ballot on the day
of the election. These methods are as follows:
1. Absentee by Mail
2. Absentee One-Stop
In the office of the county board of elections, or
In another location within the county designated as an Absentee One-Stop voting site.
The deadline for persons to register in order to be eligible to vote in the November
General election is 5:00 p.m. on the twenty-fifth day before the election, if submitted
in person. If registering by mail, it must be postmarked at least 25 days before the
election (N.C. Gen. Stat. ß163-82.6 (c1, 2)). A prospective voter must be registered
to vote in the county in which he or she is attempting to vote. For example, if a voter
is registered and resides in County A, the voter may not vote at a site in County B.
Absentee by Mail
Any registered voter is authorized to vote by mail an absentee ballot in any primary or
election conducted by the county board of elections.
In the past, voters were required to have a valid reason for voting absentee, but the 1999
North Carolina General Assembly passed laws to amend the absentee voting process. N.C.
Gen. Stat. ß163.227.2(a1) was amended to allow voters to cast an absentee one-stop ballot
in the general election in even numbered years (i.e., 2000, 2002, 2004) without having to
provide an excuse. The 2001 North Carolina General Assembly further amended the statute
to remove the need to provide an excuse for primary elections and to extend no-excuse to
absentee voting by mail.
The voter or the voterís near relative* may send a signed written request to the county
board of elections office beginning 50 days prior to election day. Written requests must
be received in the office no later than the Tuesday prior to election day.
Each request must be signed by the voter or the voterís near relative, and include the
voterís name and address as they appear on the registration records, and the address where
the ballot is to be mailed. It is helpful to include the voterís date of birth, and if
request is by the near relative, the near relativeís address and relationship to the
A near relative, as defined by law, is a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent,
child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent,
stepchild, or verifiable legal guardian.
If the voter is qualified, an application and ballots will be mailed to the voter after
the receipt of the written request. The voted ballot must be received in the County Board
of Elections office by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election in order to be counted.