Voters no longer need to provide a reason in order to vote absentee, whether voting absentee in person via one-stop voting or voting absentee by mail.
One-Stop Absentee Voting
To vote one-stop absentee, the voter appears in person at a prescribed location, completes an application, and then casts his/her ballot. The time frame for one-stop voting is the second Thursday before an election through the Saturday before the election. Curbside voting is available throughout the entire one-stop voting period. Please refer to the “Voting” section of this website for more curbside voting information.
Simultaneous registration and voting at one-stop absentee sites was repealed by North Carolina House Bill 589 (S.L. 2013-381)
Postal Absentee Voting
Postal absentee ballots must be requested using the State Absentee Request Form. Either the voter or the voter’s near relative or qualified legal guardian may request an absentee ballot. A “near relative” is defined as the voter’s spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild.
The voter’s identification number must be provided on the absentee request form. If the voter’s identification number (NC driver license number, NC DMV-issued identification card number, or last four digits of social security number) is not provided, then a copy of one of the following must be provided along with this request:
1. A current and valid photo identification.
2. A document that shows the name and residential address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.
Absentee balloting materials are mailed to voters once ballots for an election are available. For most elections, ballots will be available 50 days prior to the date of the election. Absentee ballots are available 60 days prior to the date of a statewide general election and 30 days prior to the date of a city or municipal election.
Voted absentee ballots are due at the Board of Elections office at 5:00 pm on Election Day if hand delivered. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received in the office three days after the election.
Click here for the Absentee Ballot Request Form
Uniformed and Overseas Voters
There are certain processes and opportunities available to uniformed (military) and U.S. citizens residing overseas (whether temporarily or indefinitely) which facilitate their ability to more quickly request, receive, and return absentee ballots. If you, or someone you know, would qualify as a uniformed or overseas voter and you would like to vote, it is to your advantage to look into these opportunities.
Please visit either of the following websites:
1. The Overseas Vote Foundation
2. The Federal Voting Assistance Program
a. FVAP North Carolina Guide
Please call the Brunswick County Board of Elections at 910.253.2620 with any questions.