2012 NC Voter Guide – Important North Carolina Election Dates, Information and Voting Tips
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The 2012 General Election is right around the corner. Make certain that you are prepared!

Below you will find a host of important North Carolina 2012 General Election information including key election dates, voting tips & rules, how to register to vote in North Carolina, locating your polling place, links to sample ballots, and much more.

Key 2012 Election Dates

Friday, September 7

Absentee ballots are ready for 2012 General Election

Friday, October 12

Voter registration forms must be postmarked or delivered in person by 5:00 p.m. for November 6 General Election. After this deadline you can still register to vote or change your name and address at One-Stop absentee voting locations.

Last day to change party affiliation before the November General Election

Thursday, October 18

One-Stop absentee voting begins for November 6 General Election. For locations, check with your county elections office or the State Board of Elections website. Individuals who missed the registration deadline, if qualified, may register in person and then vote at a One-Stop voting site. In order to register during a One-Stop period, the applicant must show acceptable proof of name and residence in the county.

Tuesday, October 30

Last day to request mail-in absentee ballots in writing (there is an exception due to sickness or disability).

Saturday, November 3

One-Stop absentee voting ends at 1:00 p.m. (may be extended as late as 5:00 p.m. in some counties)

Monday, November 5

Absentee ballots must be received in the County Board of Elections office by 5:00 p.m. (Mailed ballots postmarked in or before Election Day and received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 9 will also be considered timely. )

Tuesday, November 6

General Election Day – Polling places open across the state of North Carolina at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

When filling out your ballot on Election Day, keep in mind that:

  • Judges and other nonpartisan offices are at the end of the ballot.
  • Voting a "straight party ticket" does not include the judicial races because judicial races are nonpartisan.
  • If your county uses paper ballots, check to see if it is two-sided.

Who can vote in the General Election?

Anyone who is at least 18 years old and a registered voter in North Carolina can vote in the General Election. You must be a citizen of the United States, and a resident of North Carolina and the county in which you live for at least 30 days before Election Day.

A convicted state or federal felon still in custody, on probation, or on parole may not vote. If all parts of a sentence have been completed, that person can register and vote like any other citizen.

Voter registration forms can be downloaded from your County Board of Elections website as well as the State Board of Elections website. You can also register to vote in person at the County Board of Elections or at any One-Stop location, at your local library or high school, any state office providing public assistance, or when you apply for or upon renewal of your driver license.

The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the day of an election.