Keeping North Carolina voters informed

Carolina Public Press has compiled resources to assist North Carolina voters in making informed decisions. This content includes links to our nonpartisan election reporting and access to tools that voters can use to conduct their own research.


Important DatesRegistration and Ballot ResourcesVoting basics (English)Voting basics (Español)Sample Ballot Tool & Candidate DataFrequently Asked QuestionsCampaign Finance DataMedia

Important Dates


October 9: Voter registration deadline for general election.
Go here to register online.

October 15: Early voting (also called “One Stop”) begins.
Go here for a list of One Stop sites.

October 27: Deadline to request an absentee mail-in ballot.
Request a mail-in ballot from the N.C. Board of Elections website.

October 31: Early voting (also called “One Stop”) ends.
Go here for a list of One Stop sites.


November 3: General election day. Your mail in ballot must be postmarked by 5 p.m.
Go here to look up your polling place.

November 6: Deadline for mailed absentee ballots to be received.
Return absentee ballots by mail or in person to your county board of elections office, or drop them off at an early voting site in your county.

November 13: Counties canvass the general election, making their vote counts official.

November 16: Deadline to conduct any county recounts.

November 17: Deadline to conduct any state recounts and receive protests.

November 24: State canvasses election results, making the vote counts official.


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Registration and Ballot Resources

Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections

Check your registration

Voters can check their registration and absentee by mail ballot status using the NCSBE’s voter search tool.

Track your absentee ballot

BallotTrax lets voters track their ballots through the mail and to receive a notification when their ballot is accepted or rejected.

Visit the North Carolina Board of Elections for additional resources.

Voting basics (English)

YouTube video
Elections reporter Jordan Wilkie explains how to vote early in North Carolina
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Elections reporter Jordan Wilkie explains how to track your ballot once it has been mailed.

Voting basics (Español)

YouTube video
Julio Tordoya, Productor de Noticias de JMPROTV, explica lo que necesita saber sobre la votación por correo.
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Julio Tordoya, Productor de Noticias de JMPROTV, explica lo que necesita saber sobre el voto en ausencia y revisando su boleta pendiente.mailed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Carolina Public Press will be adding to our ongoing list of election-related questions on an ongoing basis. You can see our full FAQ here.

Campaign Finance Data

Visualizations based on financial data from the Federal Election Commission and polling data from FiveThirtyEight can be found here.


YouTube video

Watch: 11th District Congressional race debate

NC-11 congressional candidates Madison Cawthorn and Moe Davis debated on Sept. 30. This debate, hosted by Carolina Public Press and WLOS and broadcast here and on WMYA My40 and, features Holly Headrick, News 13 weekday anchor, and Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor moderating.

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Los candidatos al Congreso NC-11 Debaten

Los candidatos al Congreso NC-11 Madison Cawthorn y Moe Davis debaten hoy a las 7 p.m. Este debate, organizado por Carolina Public Press y WLOS y transmitido aquí y en WMYA My40 y, cuenta con Holly Headrick, presentadora de News 13 de lunes a viernes y como moderador del editor gerente de Carolina Public Press, Frank Taylor. El debate estará disponible aquí a las 7 p.m. el 30 de septiembre.

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Watch: Asheville City Council Candidates forum

Carolina Public Press and 103.3 Asheville FM hosted on Oct. 13 a debate featuring the five contenders for three Asheville City Council seats. Candidates, Sandra Kilgore; Rich Lee; Kim Roney; Sage Turner; and Keith Young discussed infrastructure, economic development and climate justice, affordable housing, equity and inclusion and government accountability.

Sample Ballot Tool & Candidate Data

This sample ballot tool originated as a project of The Chicago Reporter and is provided with support from Newspack and the American Press Institute. Candidate data is sourced from Ballotpedia.
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