Cary, NC — As the yard signs and commercial breaks have already announced, election season is in full swing.
With just two months to go until the November 3, 2020 General Election, here’s how to get registered or check a voter’s registration status.
3 Ways to Register
To register, update an address or change affiliation, there are 3 ways to do it — online, in-person or by mail. The voter registration deadline for the 2020 General Election is October 9, 2020.
North Carolina is one of 40 states that offer an Online Voter Registration Application. Once completed, the online form is directly submitted to the N.C. State Board of Elections. This requires no account and no fees.
With this option, applications must be submitted at least 25 days prior to Election Day to be processed in time. If this window has passed, registration is still possible in-person.
If you miss the regular deadline of October 9, same-day, in-person registration and voting can take place during the early voting period. In North Carolina, that will be from October 15 – October 31, 2020. Search for the one-stop early voting sites in and around Cary.
You can also register by mail to vote by printing a NC Voter Registration Application, filling it out and mailing it to your local election office. To be counted, the form must be postmarked by Friday, October 9, 2020.
- Wake County Board of Elections: PO Box 695, Raleigh, NC 27602-0695
- Chatham County Board of Elections: PO Box 111, Pittsboro, NC 27312
There is also the option to fill out a Federal Voter Registration Application and following the NC-specific instructions. This would need to be mailed to the NC State Board of Elections, also postmarked by Friday, October 9, 2020.
- NC State Board of Elections: PO Box 27255, Raleigh NC 27611-7255
Check Your Registration Status
Not 100% sure you’re registered in the correct county or want to check where your polling place is? No problem — it can be done in seconds online.
The NC State Board of Elections has made the process easy with NC Voter Search where voters simply enter: first name, last name and voter status (registered or removed/denied).
Select your name from the search and it will show you:
- If you’re an active voter
- What county you’re registered in
- What party you’re affiliated with
- Your election day polling place
- Sample ballots
- What jurisdictions you fall in for each elected office
- Voting history from previous elections
- Absentee request information
For more information on voter registration, visit the NC State Board of Elections website.
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