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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 Dates • Registration and Ballot Resources • Voting basics (English) • Voting basics (Español) • Sample Ballot Tool & Candidate Data • Frequently Asked Questions • Campaign Finance Data • Media
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.
North Carolinians are steering away from a two-party political system
Carolina Public Press’ sent out a request for readers to submit their reasons for registering as unaffiliated. The survey was available in English and en Español aquí and received more than 80 responses.
Los donantes políticos mayores podrían dar de baja a los políticos leales a Trump en NC
Las consecuencias de la lucha Republicana para no certificar al nuevo presidente podrían obstaculizar los esfuerzos de recaudación de fondos a medida que las empresas se alejan de las contribuciones políticas.
Siguiendo el rastro del sistema de votación BallotTrax usado en Carolina del Norte
Un sistema en línea permitió a los habitantes de Carolina del Norte rastrear sus votaciones por correo, pero creó confusión para algunos votantes.
Big business donors may be pulling plug on NC Trump loyalists
Fallout from the vote to certify the new president could hinder future fundraising efforts as companies back away from political contributions.
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)
Voting basics (Español)
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.
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 wlos.com, features Holly Headrick, News 13 weekday anchor, and Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor moderating.
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 wlos.com, 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.
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.