2017 elections will include only the standard municipal and local elections. Different localities use somewhat different systems for these elections, so please refer to www.ncsbe.gov for more information.

There will *not* be a special election for the 28 state legislative seats previously found to have been drawn using racial data in an improper manner. These districts (and an uncertain number of adjoining and nearby districts) are now being redrawn by the legislature. Hearings on the maps will be held August 22 in six locations around the state. The legislature will then vote on the maps, leading to completion of the process in the legislature. The governor cannot veto the maps. This phase of the special redistricting process is expected to be completed by September 1. The Federal District Court will then determine whether to accept these maps, to accept alternative maps submitted to the court by other parties, or to appoint a “special master” to redraw the electoral map under court supervision. Once the maps are finalized–and barring future challenges–these districts will remain in place for the 2018 and 2020 legislative elections.

For a closer look at the NC League’s advocacy work, read through our LWVNC 2016 ELECTION TOOLKIT.


Are you registered to vote in North Carolina? Do you need to amend your party affiliation, your address, your name?

  • You can register for the first time or amend your registration information at the NC Board of Elections.
  • Registration must be completed 25 days before an election.


Find information about voting in North Carolina at .

Before an election, find your polling place and learn about the candidates. VOTE411 is a one-stop site to compare candidates. Your local Board of Elections also provides information on voting locations.


Absentee ballots do not require photo ID, unless the applicant lacks a Social Security or NC Drivers License number.

Rules and forms can be obtained from your local or state Board of Elections

Once the Absentee Application and Certificate is fully executed with all relevant signatures, the voted ballot (contained inside of the container-return envelope) must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date of the election. The envelope may be mailed or delivered in person to the board of elections’ office. An absentee ballot may also be delivered to an election official at a one-stop voting site during any time that site is open for voting. Ballots received after 5:00 p.m. on election day will be timely ONLY if they are received by mail and bear a postmark that is dated on or before the date of the election and are received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day following the election.