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Absentee by Mail FAQs

May any registered Wake County voter vote absentee by mail?

Yes.

I will be away on Election Day. How do I vote by absentee ballot?

Any registered voter in Wake County may request an absentee ballot or may vote at an Early Voting site. No excuse is required.

Can I still use the paper request form instead of the portal?

Yes. The Absentee Request Form is available for you to download, complete, and return to the Wake County Board of Elections before the absentee request deadline.

Where do I return my completed absentee ballot request form?

Mail your form to: 
Wake County Board of Elections
Attn: Absentee
PO Box 695
Raleigh, NC 27602

Deliver your form in-person to:
Wake County Board of Elections Operations Center
1200 N. New Hope Road
Raleigh, NC 27610

May someone request an absentee ballot for me?

A voter’s near relative may request an absentee ballot for the voter. In lieu of the voter’s signature, the request must include the requester’s signature, address, daytime phone number and relationship to the voter.

May I request an absentee ballot by phone or email?

Your request must be in writing on the approved form, signed by the voter or the voter's near relative.

Do I have to request an absentee ballot for each election?

Yes; however, if you are requesting an absentee ballot for a primary, you may simultaneously request that a General Election absentee ballot be sent to you as well. The absentee ballots will be mailed separately at the appropriate time.

On the ballot return envelope, you will have the opportunity to request a ballot for the 2nd Primary if you are eligible.

 

When is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot?

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before an election.

If I request an absentee ballot, can I change my mind and vote in person?

Requesting an absentee ballot will not prevent you from voting in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. If you do choose to vote in person, please trash or destroy your absentee ballot; do not return it to the Board of Elections.

Why is my request not showing on the NC Voter Lookup search?

Your absentee ballot request will not show on the voter search tool on our website because it is considered confidential information. Please contact us and the status of your request can be provided to you. 

When is the deadline for returning an absentee ballot?

An absentee ballot shall be counted as timely if it is either (1) received by the County Board of Elections office no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day; or (2) the ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 5 p.m. nine days after the election.

What may a person in possession of a Power of Attorney do for an absentee voter?

A person in possession of a Power of Attorney for an individual is not permitted to apply for voter registration, to vote in person, or to vote by absentee ballot for the individual.

May another person return my absentee ballot for me?

Yes, if that person is your spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, or legal guardian, they may return it to the Wake County Board of Elections Office.

If hand-delivering, it must be logged in when delivered. Dropboxes are not permitted under North Carolina Law.
 

What is the postage needed to return my ballot by mail?

One first-class stamp or one forever stamp.

May two people return their ballots in the same envelope?

No. The returned ballot envelope is specific to each voter and must contain that voter’s ballot.

May I hand-deliver my voted absentee ballot to the Board of Elections office?

Yes. Your voted absentee ballot must be in the Wake County Board of Elections Office by 5 p.m. on Election Day. 

If hand-delivering, it must be logged in when delivered. Dropboxes are not permitted under North Carolina Law.

May I hand-deliver my voted absentee ballot to an Early Voting location?

Yes. You must stand in line with the rest of the voters until you get inside. Once you are inside you must go to the registration/check-in table. You will hand your voted absentee ballot, sealed in the return envelope, to the elections official and will be required to fill out an absentee ballot return log. Once logged, you will exit through the same exit as the other voters exiting. This is the safest way for both voters and election officials. If hand-delivering, it must be logged in when delivered. Dropboxes are not permitted under North Carolina Law.

May I hand-deliver my voted absentee ballot to an Election Day polling place?

No. Hand-delivered absentee ballots may be submitted to the Wake County Board of Elections Office and must be received by the 5 p.m. deadline on or before Election Day.

May I mail my ballot to the Wake County Board of Elections on Election Day?

Yes. If you mail it close to Election Day please make sure you take it to the post office and have them postmark it in front of you.

When will my absentee ballot be counted?

The mail-in absentee ballots are counted at 2 p.m. on Election Day, but the results are not posted until after 7:30 p.m., after the closing of the polls on Election Day.

I heard that if I vote absentee by mail, my vote may not get counted. Is that true?

NO. Your vote will be counted on Election Day along with the ballots cast in the precincts.

Where can I learn more about absentee voting for military and overseas voters?

Visit voting information for military and overseas voters at these websites:

Still have questions or need to know where to send your documents?

Wake County Board of Elections

Contact our office by phone, fax or email.