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

picture    In the office of the county board of elections, or
picture    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. §163-82.6 (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 One-Stop (No-Excuse)
In the county board of elections office

Absentee One-Stop voting has been available in county board of elections offices for years and permits qualified voters to vote absentee in person at the county board of elections. Since the November 2000 General Election, voting by Absentee One-Stop no longer required an excuse.

Absentee one-stop voting begins the third Wednesday before an election and continues until 1:00 p.m. on the last Saturday before that election.

Additional Absentee One-Stop Voting Sites
North Carolina voters are able to vote by Absentee One-Stop, with no excuse, at all county boards of elections offices, during set hours, for the 17 days prior to elections voting period.

The absentee voting law was amended to provide for “one or more sites in that county for absentee ballots to be applied for and cast,” N.C. Gen. Stat. §163-227.2(g).

Please refer to, under “County Offices” for a listing of the physical locations and telephone numbers of county boards of elections offices in North Carolina and a listing of the additional Absentee One-Stop Voting sites throughout the State.

Each county board of elections is responsible for the operation of each of its Absentee One-Stop Voting sites and are required to submit a Plan for Implementation to the State Board of Elections for approval. Counties must ensure that each additional site has:

picture    Location in a public building

picture    Adequate training for staff

picture    Access to registration records

picture   A method for verifying voter registration

picture    Ensure against duplicate voting by a voter

picture   Adequate ballot supply and styles

picture    Ballots with identifiers for retrievability

picture   Accurate set up of the voting enclosure

picture    Observance of the buffer zone boundary for electioneering

picture   Provisions for political party observers in place

picture    A plan and affidavits for curbside voting

picture   Provisions for voter assistance

picture    Adequate supply of challenge forms

picture   Implementation of a security plan

Political parties may designate two observers to be present at each one-stop site. Written challenges to a voter’s registration may be entered against a voter at a one-stop site by the election official or by another registered voter who resides in the same precinct as the voter being challenged (N.C. Gen. Stat. §163-227.2(g)). A registered voter of the same precinct as the absentee voter may also enter a written challenge to an absentee ballot between the hours of noon and 5:00 p.m. on Election Day (N.C. Gen. Stat. §163-89).

Plans for the security of the one-stop sites, the ballots, the voting equipment and registration records have been developed by each county board of elections providing additional one-stop sites and approved by the State Board of Elections. These procedures are necessary so that if a challenge to an absentee ballot is sustained or if an irregularity is proven the integrity of the election is preserved.

Voting “No Excuse” Absentee One-Stop
When appearing at the site to vote, the voter must state his or her name, residence address and complete the application to vote absentee. The vote is then cast on a M100 system, the voted ballot(s) are returned to the election official or placed in the voting equipment. Persons who are not registered in a county may register and vote during early voting

Voting Equipment
Voting equipment will vary from county to county for the Absentee One-Stop sites. County boards of elections should be contacted for more information.

State Board of Elections Oversight
Staff of the State Board of Elections monitors the additional Absentee One-Stop Voting sites across the State to ensure that required procedures are followed.