North Carolina ID requirements for voting by mail

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Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered North Carolina voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. However, you must provide your North Carolina driver license or non-operator identification card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your ballot must match your voter registration signature. An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two non-prohibited witnesses.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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