VOTE: Election 2020
North Carolina
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
6 a.m. - 7 p.m.


ID Requirements
Under state law as enacted, voters can present the following forms of identification. These requirements are currently not being enforced as a result of a recent court order.

North Carolina driver’s license or non-operator ID that is unexpired or expired for one year or less
Driver’s license or non-operator ID from a different U.S. state or territory if the voter registered within 90 days of the election
U.S. military ID or veteran ID
U.S. passport that is unexpired or expired for one year or less
North Carolina Voter ID Card that is unexpired or expired for one year or less
Employee ID from an approved state or local government employer that is unexpired or expired for one year or less
Approved student ID that is unexpired or expired for one year or less
Tribal Enrollment Card issued by an approved state tribe or a federal tribe

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in North Carolina?
Yes! Any voter can request a mail-in ballot, no excuse required.

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 27th by 5pm.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 5:00 pm on Election Day and received within 3 days.

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 15

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/9.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/9.

If you have missed these deadlines, your state allows any qualified resident to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.

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What's on my ballot?

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate North Carolina

Biography

Cal Cunningham was a member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 23. He left office in 2002.

Cunningham (Democratic Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent North Carolina. He lost in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Biography

Kevin E. Hayes (Constitution Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent North Carolina. He lost in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Biography

Shannon Bray (Libertarian Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent North Carolina. He lost in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Biography

Thom Tillis (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from North Carolina. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Tillis (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent North Carolina. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Tillis worked in management and consulting. He was elected for a two-year term as Cornelius Town Commissioner, and then he represented District 98 in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2007 to 2015. During that time, he served as the Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015.

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