Voting at a One-Stop Voting Site
What is One-Stop Voting?
One-stop, or early, voting sites are established 19 days before an election to allow people who won't be available on election day to vote prior to the election. They also allow individuals who haven't registered to vote in time for the election to register and vote the same day. One-stop voting is always available at the Elections office and usually available in other locations around the county as well.
How to Register and Vote at a One-Stop Site
A North Carolina resident who is qualified to vote but who misses the 25-day deadline for voter registration may register and vote at a One-Stop Site during the One-Stop Absentee Voting period. The One-Stop Voting period extends from 19 to 3 days before Election Day.
The process is sometimes referred to as "Same-Day Registration," but it is important to recognize that it is not permitted on Election Day itself.
To use this process, a citizen must:
- Go to a One-Stop Voting Site in the county of residence during the One-Stop Absentee Voting period.
- Complete a voter registration application.
- Provide proof of residency by showing the elections official an appropriate form of identification with the citizen's current name and address.
The new registrant may vote ONLY at a One-Stop Absentee Voting Site in the county of registration during One-Stop Absentee Voting period and not on Election Day.
Acceptable forms of identification include:
- A North Carolina driver's license with current address
- A utility bill with name and current address
- A telephone or mobile phone bill
- An electric or gas bill
- A cable television bill
- A water or sewage bill
- A document with name and current address from a local, state, or U.S. government agency such as:
- A passport
- A government-issued photo ID
- U.S. military ID card
- A license to fish, hunt, own a gun, etc.
- Automotive or vehicle registration
- Certified documentation of naturalization
- A public housing or Social Service Agency document
- A check, invoice, or letter from a government agency
- A birth certificate
- A student photo ID along with a document from the school showing the student's name and current address.
- A paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
- A bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement
If you cannot supply an acceptable form of identification for Proof-of-Residence, your registration application cannot be fully processed until the required information is provided.
Registered voters may also update their address and change vital information in an existing registration record at the One-Stop Site, but they are not allowed to change their party affiliation during the One-Stop Voting period that precedes a partisan primary.