- By Michelle Bobadilla
- Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2022
In-Person Early Voting for Primary Election Begins Thursday
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina’s 17-day, in-person early voting period begins Thursday, April 28, and ends at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
The State Board of Elections offers the following 10 tips for early voters:
- Voters may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county. For sites and hours see the One-Stop Absentee Voting page .
- Sample ballots for the primary election are available on the Sample Ballot page. For more information on primary candidates for the N.C. Supreme Court and N.C. Court of Appeals, see the State Board’s Judicial Voter Guide: 2022 Primary Election. The State Board does not provide information about candidates for other contests, but some media outlets and advocacy groups do. Many candidates also have websites and social media accounts. Knowing your candidate choices in advance and being familiar with the ballot will help your voting experience go more quickly.
- Individuals who missed the regular voter registration deadline on April 22 may register and vote at the same time during the early voting period. Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of where they live. This is the only option for individuals who missed the regular registration deadline to be able to register and vote in the primary.
- When you check in to vote at an early voting site, you may update your name or address within the same county, if necessary. You may not change your party affiliation at an early voting site during a primary election.
- Voters who receive an absentee ballot by mail may deliver their completed ballot to an election official at an early voting site in their county. Ballots will be kept securely and delivered to the county board of elections for processing. For more information on returning absentee-by-mail ballots, see Detailed Instructions to Vote By Mail.
- Voters who requested an absentee-by-mail ballot but have not yet returned it may choose instead to vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day, May 17. Voters may discard the by-mail ballot and do not need to bring it to a voting site.
- Voters should keep in mind that the busiest early voting days are typically the first two and last two days – April 28–29 and May 13–14 this year.
- The State Board asks that all voters respect the rights of others to participate in the election. Intimidating any voter is a crime. Voters who feel harassed or intimidated should notify an election official immediately.
- Voters at one-stop early voting sites are entitled to the same assistance as voters at a voting place on Election Day. Curbside voting is available for eligible individuals at all early voting sites. For more information, visit Curbside Voting.
- North Carolina law prohibits photographing or videotaping voted ballots. Voters may use electronic devices in the voting booth to access a slate card or candidate information, provided they don’t use the devices to communicate with anyone or take photographs of their ballot.
For more information about early voting, please visit Vote Early in Person