5 Steps to Vote by Absentee Ballot

For anyone with tight work hours, who have a long commute, who have mobility issues, or who simply cannot (or do not like to) stand in line on that day, you can file an absentee ballot. You do not even have to have a reason – it is a choice, and it’s a valid way to exercise your right to vote and you can do it with 5 easy steps!

Absentee Ballot Request
Use this form to request an absentee ballot.
  1. Make sure you register to vote before October 14, 2016.
  2. Download a copy of the NC State Absentee Ballot Request Form.
    NOTE: This form must be printed and hand-completed and signed.
  1. Complete all required blanks – see the red arrows on left side of the form.
  2. For approved form of ID, you should use the number from your NC Drivers License or NC DMV-issued identification card.
    NOTE:   If you do not have either of those IDs, you can attach a copy of a document that shows your residential address (utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document).
  3. Submit the completed, signed form by November 1, 2016. The form can be mailed, faxed, emailed or delivered in person. For Wake County, NC, here are the locations:

Hand-delivered:  337 S Salisbury St (at corner of W. Davie St.)  Google Maps Link
Mailed:                    Wake Co Board of Elections, PO Box 695, Raleigh, NC 27602
Faxed:                      (919) 856-5864
Emailed:                  absentee@wakegov.com


Important dates to remember for absentee voting:

September 9 Absentee voting begins
First day absentee ballots will be mailed
October 14 Voter registration deadline
Registration forms must be delivered or postmarked by 5 p.m.
November 1 Absentee ballot deadline
Request forms must be received by 5 p.m.
November 8 Election Day
Absentee ballots may be delivered to the Board of Elections office but not to polling places on Election Day. Ballots must be received by 5 p.m.

More details are available on the Vote Absentee by Mail page of the Wake County Board of Elections site. The Wake County Board of Elections Website also includes a description of the process to accommodate people who cannot get an acceptable form of ID. You can also check the status of your absentee ballot on that site.

If using an absentee ballot is not your cup of tea and you’d rather submit your votes in person, you can either vote on election day or use early voting.

Whatever you do, please vote the best way you can. It matters – your vote is your voice.


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