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How to Vote in 2021

For multilingual voter assistance from NCAAT, call 919-591-2442

Important Dates

September 10

Deadline to register to vote for October 5 elections. The deadline to register to vote is 25 days before election day.

October 5

Election Day for October Municipal Elections for some localities, Municipal Primaries for others, check with your specific county Board of Elections here.

November 2

Election day for November Municipal Elections

  • You can cast your vote during the Early Voting period at any polling place in your county. Dates for Early Voting in 2021 will vary depending on which city and county you live in. When the election gets closer, locations, days, and hours for Early Voting will be posted on this list of Early Voting sites.
  • You can cast your vote on Election Day 6:30 am – 7:30 pm at your polling location. Find your polling location here.

Voter FAQ

To register to vote in North Carolina, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Live in the county of their/his/her registration and have resided there for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  • Be at least 18 years old or will be by the date of the general election.
    • 16- and 17-year-olds may pre-register to vote. Their registration will be processed once they turn 18.
  • Not serving a sentence for a felony conviction, including probation, parole, or post-release supervision. Learn more about this here.

If you have an NC DMV-issued ID or driver’s license, you can use the NCAAT’s Online Voter Registration Tool to complete your registration. If you don’t have an NC DMV-issued ID or driver’s license, you will need to complete and print your registration form, NCAAT’s Online Voter Registration Tool can also guide you through that process.

You only need to register once and should update your registration information (with changes in name, address, party affiliation, etc.) as needed through NCAAT’s Online Voter Registration Tool. Make sure you’re registered to vote at your current address!

You can also check your registration status through the Voter Search tool. It also doesn’t hurt to fill out the form again, if you’re still in doubt.

Yes. North Carolina voters don’t need a special reason to request an absentee ballot. Any registered voter can request and receive a mail-in ballot. For non-military/overseas voters, an absentee ballot must be requested for each election in which a voter wants to vote by mail.

Yes. In North Carolina, you have the right to receive assistance, as long as the person providing assistance is a member of the voter’s immediate family. Additionally, some voters can receive aid from a wider range of helpers. You can learn more here.

No. As of December 2019, most North Carolina voters are not required to show ID. However, if you are a first-time voter or have moved to a new county, you may be asked to show ID or a document with your current name and address, examples of acceptable documents include a government-issued document, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, or student ID with a school document showing your address. Find the latest updates here.

Any voter in the county can use any of the Early Voting sites in that county. You do not need a reason to use Early Voting. Dates for Early Voting in 2021 will vary depending on which city and county you live in. When the election gets closer, locations, days, and hours for Early Voting will be posted. You can find a list of Early Voting sites here. You can also register to vote at Early Voting sites during the Early Voting period.

You can find your polling location here. On Election Day, you must vote at your designated polling location. Polling locations are open 6:30 am – 7:30 pm. If you’re in line at 7:30 pm, you will be allowed to vote.

As an eligible voter, you are guaranteed free, fair, and accessible elections. You have a right to vote without being intimidated or forced to vote in a certain way. If you have faced violations of your voting right, contact the following hotlines:

  • Democracy North Carolina Election Protection Hotline: 888-687-8683
  • National Asian Languages Election Protection via APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice: 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)

Your ballot must be received by 5pm on Election Day for it to be counted in this election.

We’re happy to help! Just email or call 919-591-2442, and we’ll make sure to answer your question.

How the Asian American vote can make a difference in NC

Since 2010, the number of eligible Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters in North Carolina grew 43%, more than five times faster than the statewide growth rate.

Across North Carolina, there are more than 157,000 Asian Americans who are eligible to vote, making the AAPI community a potentially significant voting bloc in this battleground state. The number of Asian American registered voters has increased 44% from 2014.

However, more work needs to be done to bridge the gap between registered voters and the voting-eligible population in AAPI communities.  As of August 2018, there are about 89,000 Asian American registered voters, or about 57% of the total Asian American voting-eligible population.

How to Help

NCAAT is committed to raising the visibility and voice of the AAPI population in North Carolina through building up and motivating an electorate throughout the state. One key way we achieve this goal is through voter registration drives conducted in communities with high AAPI populations with the help of volunteers, particularly individuals from the local AAPI communities.

Join our effort to increase AAPI representation and voice in North Carolina together.