Vote by Mail

Request a Vote-by-Mail (Absentee) Ballot

Request it NOW (no later than October 27)

Vote with it when you receive it (no later than November 3)

If you decide later to vote in person, you can–as long as you have not returned or mailed the ballot back.

What it is and how to use it

Voting by Mail is just what it sounds like. You get to submit your ballot through the mail, without having to go to the polls in person. It’s an easy, secure, and safe way of participating in our democracy.

ANY registered North Carolina voter can Vote by Mail — no excuses or special circumstances required. If you are not registered to vote, visit the Register to Vote section of our website.

Your completed Mail-In Ballot Request Form must be received by the Orange County Board of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27. Earlier is better, so it’s best to submit the ballot request form NOW.

How do I vote by mail?

Voting by Mail is easy. Here’s what you have to do:

The fastest way is to submit your Mail-in Ballot request online with the NC Board of Elections. This request form lets Election officials know they should mail to you a ballot for the 2020 election.



You can download, print and submit a Mail-in Ballot Request form:

Download Absentee Request Form

If you choose to download the ballot request form, you can send it one of the following ways:

How do I complete my ballot?

One week after your submit your Mail-In Ballot Request Form, call your local board of elections to make sure they have received it and that it has been approved. Then, await your ballot’s arrival in the mail. Counties began mailing ballots on September 4, 2020.

Once you receive your ballot, fill it out and return it!

  • Fill out your ballot in the presence of 1 witness.
    • Anyone who is 18 years of age or older can be a witness, except a candidate (unless the candidate is your near relative or legal guardian).
  • Not sure who to vote for?
    • Review your your Democratic sample ballot or our Democratic online slate card in the “On the Ballot” section of our website.
  • Put your ballot in the envelope, and sign the envelope.

  • Your witness will print their name and address and then sign the back of the envelope.

Returning ballots – In Person or By Mail

In Person

  • You can return your ballot to
    • The Orange County Board of Elections during business hours.
    • Any Early Voting site in Orange County, beginning October 15.
  • Your completed ballot must be
    • Received by Election Day, November 3, 2020.
    • You may NOT return your ballot to a polling place on Election Day.

By Mail

  • Put $0.55 postage (the amount of a first-class stamp) on your ballot return envelope.
  • Your completed ballot must be
    • Postmarked no later than 5:00 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 AND
    • Received by the Orange County Board of Elections no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, November 6.

The NC Board of Elections strongly recommends if using USPS, that you mail your ballot well before, but not later than, October 27, 2020.

Toll-free Voter Assistance Hotline



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