Important Deadlines & Dates

2020 Registration deadlines and election dates

Oct. 9 by 5 p.m. Last day to register to vote or update your address, name or party.

Oct. 27 by 5 p.m.  Last day to request an absentee ballot by mail.

Oct. 31 by 3 p.m. Last day to vote early in-person. Find an early voting site at

Nov. 3 - Election day. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Students and employees are encouraged to become registered and educated voters. Find information about upcoming elections, how to register to vote, and different ways to vote.

Step 1: Are You Ready to Vote?

Voting is available to U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old on Election Day, have never been convicted of a felony (unless your right to vote has been restored) and reside in the county and election district where you'll cast your vote. You must register to vote.

Are You Registered to Vote?

Check your registration status at Check your NC Registration or you can check in other state registration.

Need to Register to Vote?

If you are not registered, no problem! You can register and vote at the same time during One-Stop Early Voting period. You also can register to vote any time as long as it is no later than 25 days before the next election.  Students can register to vote using your campus address or choose to register or remain registered at your permanent home address. Upon registering, you rescind any previous registration in another county or state.

If you have a N.C. driver’s license or Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV)-issued ID, you may now register to vote or change certain parts of your registration online. Using this service existing DMV customers may register to vote, update their voter registration address, or update their party affiliation. They may not change their name. There is no fee for voter registration services.

I have an NC driver's license, you can complete an online voter registration form.

Registration online

Student Engagement sponsors a registration drive near election times, but you also can take these steps yourself:

  1. Print the PDF version of the voter registration form.
  2. Print the form.
  3. Sign the form using ink. Electronic signatures are not accepted.
  4. Mail the form to your county board of elections. Find my NC county Board of Election information.
    If you are using your campus address, mail to Forsyth County Board of Elections, 201 N. Chestnut Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

Step 2: Ways to Vote

You can vote absentee, in person during early voting or on election day. If there is a question about your qualifications to vote or your eligibility to vote when you vote, a poll worker is required to offer you a provisional ballot. In no circumstance will a voter be turned away.

Voter Photo IDs in North Carolina
Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the 2020 primary election. In a December 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court. For more information visit the State Board of Elections website at

Absentee voting: Any registered voter can vote through the mail using an Absentee Ballot. No excuse or special need is required to vote this way. If you know this is the best option for you, go ahead and complete a NC State Absentee Ballot Request form (PDF) or request one from your state's Board of Election office. Absentee balloting materials are mailed to voters once ballots for an election are available.

In-Person Early Voting: You can vote at any early voting site in your county. The early voting site may not be your assigned polling place, but that is OK. Any registered voter may vote in person during early voting at an early voting site or at their county board of elections office.

In-Person voting on Election Day: Vote at your assigned polling place. The polling place for students using their campus address is about 1 mile from campus at Trinity Moravian Church at 220 East Sprague Street in Winston-Salem. NC voters can search polling locations and hours at the NC State Board of Elections website.

Guides and Resources

If you have questions, look in the FAQs or on these additional helpful websites: