Consumers Can Start Casting Their Ballots Now Through Absentee Voting
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Consumers Can Start Casting Their Ballots Now Through Absentee Voting

Voters do not have to explain why they will not be voting in person

September 9, 2016

Starting today, voters can now avoid long lines at the polls and still cast their vote by using absentee voting.

Few people realize that this option is open to everyone, not only to those who will be unable to vote in person for some reason. It is an excellent way to avoid time-consuming lines at the polls during early voting or on Election Day, and consumers are encouraged to think about taking this option.

"North Carolina's voters are among the first in the nation to make their voices heard in this election," said State Board of Elections executive director Kim Westbrook Strach. "With high turnout expected, we encourage voters to consider all their voting options."

To cast a vote by absentee, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the NC absentee ballot request form. You will need not only your name and address but also an "identification number," which can be the last four digits of your Social Security number, your driver's license number, or the number found on a photo ID issued by the DMV. You do not need to provide an explanation of why you will not be voting in person.
  2. Send the completed form to the Board of Elections office in your county by mail, fax, email, or in person. The office has to have the form by 5pm on November 1, one week before the election.
  3. Upon receiving the form, the county office will mail a ballot to you. You must complete the ballot and return it to the county office by 5pm on Election Day, November 8.