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May 8, 2018 Primary  
Date Time Event
​March 19 ​First day absentee ballots are mailed to voters
​April 13 ​5:00 p.m. ​Voter registration deadline
​May 1 ​5:00 p.m. ​Last day to submit an absentee ballot request
​May 8 ​5:00 p.m. ​Absentee ballots delivered to the Board of Elections must be received by 5:00 p.m. If mailing your ballot, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is qualified to vote absentee by mail?
Any registered voter may vote an absentee ballot.
How do I request an absentee ballot?
State law requires that you submit the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form.
May I request an absentee ballot for someone else?
You may request an absentee ballot for a near relative, defined as a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, or as a verifiable legal guardian.
A person in possession of a Power of Attorney for an individual is not granted the authority to request an absentee ballot for the individual.
May I hand-deliver another person's absentee ballot to the Board of Elections office?
A near relative or verifiable legal guardian may hand-deliver a voter's absentee ballot.
Do I have to submit a new absentee request for each election?
Yes. You must submit a new absentee request for each election.
How do I confirm that you received my absentee ballot request and my voted absentee ballot?
You may track the status of your absentee request and returned ballot online.
May I hand-deliver my voted absentee ballot to an Election Day polling place?
No. Hand-delivered absentee ballots may be submitted to the Board of Elections office and must be received by the 5 p.m. deadline on or before Election Day.
Wake County Board of Elections
337 S. Salisbury St., 1st Floor
Raleigh, NC  27601
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May I mail my voted absentee ballot in the same envelope as another person's envelope?
No. The envelope is specific to that voter and must contain only that voter's ballot.
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