North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form Instructions
Your county board of elections must receive the
completed and signed absentee request form by
5:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 27, 2020.
The form may be returned by the voter, the voter’s near relative or
verifiable legal guardian, or a Multipartisan Assistance Team:
In-person to the county board of elections;
By U.S. Postal Service, DHL, FedEx, or UPS; or
By email or fax.
The name you give on this form will be used to update your voter record.
You must provide your date of birth AND one of the following as a form of identification:
North Carolina driver license number or NC DMV issued identification card number
Last four digits of your Social Security number
You will receive a ballot based on where you will have resided for 30 or more days before election day. If you are
temporarily living away from home due to coronavirus or hurricane displacement, or are otherwise away or displaced, but
you have not abandoned your place of residence, and you intend to return, you are not considered to have lost your
place of residence. If you have abandoned your place of residence and intend to stay at your new residence indefinitely,
you should register at your new residence. Be sure to include the address where you want your ballot sent in section 4 if
you will be away from your residential or mailing address. If you have moved within your county, you may use this
form to update your residential address and/or your mailing address.
If you do not complete this section, your ballot will be sent to your mailing address. If no mailing address is listed, it will
be sent to your residential address. If you want the ballot sent to your mailing address, please provide the address even if
you think we have it in your voter record.
Please provide the information for the voter, and if you are a near relative or legal guardian requesting on behalf of the
voter, please provide your information, too.
A near relative or legal guardian may request a ballot on behalf of the voter. All voters are entitled to assistance from
their near relative or verifiable legal guardian. A near relative is the voter’s:
spouse parent grandparent mother-in-law
brother child grandchild father-in-law
sister stepchild stepparent son/daughter-in-law
A voter cannot receive assistance from someone else unless the voter is blind, disabled, or unable to read or write.
Assistance for voters who are blind, disabled, or unable to read or write
If a voter cannot complete the absentee request form due to blindness, disability, or inability to read or write, they may
receive assistance from a near relative or legal guardian. If a near relative or legal guardian is not available, someone
else can give assistance. That person must provide their name and address in Section 7.
Assistance for voters who are patients in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, or adult care home (“facility”)
If a voter is a patient in a facility in North Carolina, a member of a Multipartisan Assistance Team (MAT) authorized
by the county board of elections can assist the voter. Contact the county board of elections to request assistance from a
It is unlawful for any owner, manager, director or employees of the facility other than the voter's near relative,
verifiable legal guardian, or member of a MAT to request an absentee ballot on behalf of a voter.
If neither the voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian is available, and a MAT is not available within 7
calendar days of a request, the voter may obtain assistance from anyone who is not:
An owner, manager, director, or employee of the facility
An elected official, a candidate, or an officeholder in a political party
A campaign manager or treasurer for a candidate or political party
Complete this section if you claim North Carolina as your voting residence and are:
1. A member of the active or reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard of the
United States who is on active duty;
2. A member of the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, or the commissioned
corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States;
3. A member of the National Guard or State militia unit who is on activated status;
4. A spouse or dependent of a member referred to in #1-3;
5. A U.S. citizen currently outside of the United States.
9 This form must be signed by either the voter or the voter’s near relative, or legal guardian.
A typed signature is not acceptable
Check the box if you would like to request absentee ballots for other possible elections in 2020 due to your continued or
expected illness or disability.