You Have Until October 31 To Register To Vote in NC: Here’s How

You Have Until October 31 To Register To Vote in NC: Here’s How

Regular voter registration for North Carolina voters ended October 9. But if you didn’t register to vote in NC yet, you’ve still got time. Eligible citizens have between October 15 and October 31 to register, just not online or by mail.

Did You Already Register To Vote In NC?

Some people might not remember if they’re registered to vote yet, or if they’re registered at their current address. Fortunately, there’s an easy to way to check.

Just head to the North Carolina State Board of Elections website’s voter search tool and enter your information. The site will tell you if you registered, your current address on file, and where your precinct is.

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If the site shows your current information, you’re good to go. Just show up at your precinct on November 3 or any precinct in your county between October 15 and October 31. However, if your registration does not match your current address, you must update your registration before voting. Voting with incorrect information is a crime in North Carolina.

How To Register To Vote From October 15-October 31

If you haven’t registered to vote or need to update your registration, you have until October 31 to do it. Early voting sites across the state also serve as one-stop voter registration sites. The state calls this “same-day registration.”

In order to register, you’ll need to provide valid proof of North Carolina residence in your county. The Board of Elections will accept any of these documents as proof of residence.

  • North Carolina driver’s license
  • Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, provided that the card includes the voter’s current name and address.
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address.
  • A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation.

Bring one of these documents with you to any early voting site. If you’re unsure of where your early voting locations are, a simple internet search for “early voting sites” in your city or town should give you what you need.

You will cast a provisional ballot, which means your vote won’t count just yet. Once the Board of Elections confirms your voter registration, it will officially count your ballot as part of the 2020 election results.

Want to learn more about how polls actually work? Curious about voter intimidation laws in North Carolina? Stay tuned to our Law section for regular updates.