Early voting (also known as One-Stop Absentee Voting) allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day. Unlike on Election Day, when registered voters can only vote at their specific precinct, early voting allows registered voters to vote at any early voting site in the county. These sites will have all the ballot styles for a given election at each site.
During Early voting, voters may update their address and change vital information in an existing registration record, but are not allowed to change their party affiliation.
Advantages of Early Voting:
- Avoid potential lines and delays on Election Day
- Vote on convenient days and hours for your schedule
- Vote the same day (one-stop absentee voting) that you update your voter registration or register to vote in Dare County.
Same Day Registration:
- If you are 18 years old by Election Day
- Have lived in Dare County for at least 30 days
- Can provide proof of identity and residency
- An identification document is required when using Same Day Voter Registration during Early Voting. The acceptable documents that may be used include: a North Carolina driver license, a photo ID from a government agency, a copy of one of the following that shows the name and address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document.
The one-stop no excuse absentee process permits all registered voters to appear in person and vote at one of the early voting locations.
One-Stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting)
One-stop absentee voting (commonly known as ("early voting") allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day. Unlike on Election Day, when registered voters can only vote at their specific precinct, one-stop voting allows registered voters to vote at any one-stop absentee voting site in the county. One-stop sites will have all the ballot styles for a given election at each site.
During One-Stop Early Voting, voters may update their address and change vital information in an existing registration record, but are not allowed to change their party affiliation.
Dare County residents who are not already registered can register to vote and vote in the same day at One-Stop Early Voting, as long as they will be:
- 18 years old by Election Day
- have lived in Dare County for at least 30 days
- and can provide proof of identity and residence.
The voter fills out a request form for an absentee ballot, then mails it to their county board of elections. The Board of Elections will process the form and mail the voter a ballot, which the voter will complete, have witnessed, and return by mail.
Any registered North Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot by mail. No excuse is needed to vote by absentee. To request an absentee ballot, complete the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form. The Absentee Ballot Request Form may only be signed by the voter or a voter’s near relative or legal guardian. According to the law, a "near relative" can be any of the following: spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild of the voter.
A completed Absentee Ballot Request Form must be mailed or delivered in person to the county board of elections.
Dare County Board of Elections
PO Box 1000
Manteo, NC 27954
More information is available on the State Board of Elections Civilian Absentee Voting page.
Uniformed service members (and their eligible dependents), as well as U.S. citizens living outside of the United States, may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). This federal act and corresponding laws in North Carolina allow uniformed service members and overseas citizens who are absent from their county of residence in North Carolina to request, receive and return an absentee ballot under special rights.
Click here for more information on UOCAVA absentee voting.
Curbside Voting is offered at all Dare County polling places. To be eligible for curbside voting, you must be unable to enter the polling place due to age or physical disability. Look for the call bells near the polling place entrance labeled "Curbside Voting." Poll workers will walk to your car when you park in one of the designated spaces to attend to your voting needs