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Participating in local and national elections

Whether you are a first-time voter or have done this before, you may have questions about how you can participate in local elections in the safest and most effective way possible.  
How to Vote in 2020
For multilingual voter assistance from NCAAT in Action, call 919-591-2442
Important Dates

October 9

Deadline to register to vote

October 15-31

Early Voting

October 27

Deadline to request absentee ballot (request received by county Board of Elections by 5pm on Oct. 27)

November 3

Election Day
Deadline to return completed absentee ballot

Frequently Asked Questions
To register to vote in North Carolina, you must meet the following qualifications:
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Live in the county of their/his/her registration and have resided there for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  • Be at least 18 years old or will be by the date of the general election.
    • 16- and 17-year-olds may pre-register to vote. Their registration will be processed once they turn 18.
  • Not serving a sentence for a felony conviction, including probation, parole, or post-release supervision. Learn more about this here.
You can also check your registration status through the Voter Search tool.
Yes. North Carolina voters don’t need a special reason to request an absentee ballot. Any registered voter can request and receive a mail-in ballot. For non-military/overseas voters, an absentee ballot must be requested for each election in which a voter wants to vote by mail.
Yes. In North Carolina, you have the right to receive assistance, as long as the person providing assistance is a member of the voter’s immediate family. Additionally, some voters can receive aid from a wider range of helpers. You can learn more here.
No. As of December 2019, most North Carolina voters are not required to show ID. However, if you are a first-time voter or have moved to a new county, you may be asked to show ID or a document with your current name and address, examples of acceptable documents include a government-issued document, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, or student ID with a school document showing your address. Find the latest updates here.
Any voter in the county can use any of the Early Voting sites in that county. You do not need an excuse to use Early Voting. Early Voting begins on October 15 and ends on October 31. You can find a list of Early Voting sites here. You can also register to vote at Early Voting sites during the Early Voting period.
You can find your polling location here. On Election Day, you must vote at your designated polling location. Polling locations are open 6:30 am – 7:30 pm. If you’re in line at 7:30 pm, you will be allowed to vote.

As an eligible voter, you are guaranteed free, fair, and accessible elections. You have a right to vote without being intimidated or forced to vote in a certain way. If you have faced violations of your voting right, contact the following hotlines:

  • Democracy North Carolina Election Protection Hotline: 888-687-8683
  • NCAAT in Action hotline: 919-591-2442

Check out our Endorsements and Issues pages to learn more about candidates and their stances on issues that matter to Asian American voters.

We’re happy to help! Just email contact@ncaatinaction.org, and we’ll make sure to answer your question. Or call 919-591-2442
How to Help

NCAAT is committed to raising the visibility and voice of the AAPI population in North Carolina through building up and motivating an electorate throughout the state. One key way we achieve this goal is through voter outreach conducted in communities with high AAPI populations with the help of volunteers, particularly individuals from the local AAPI communities.

Join our effort to increase AAPI representation and voice in North Carolina together.

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