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Absentee Voting By Mail

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Orange County offers absentee voting by mail to all Orange County registered voters who wish to vote by mail rather than at a one-stop early voting site or on Election Day.

 

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UNIFORMED AND OVERSEAS CITIZENS:

UOCAVA ELECTION NOTICE

For rules and procedures regarding military and overseas voters, please go to: www.fvap.gov.

 

 

 

Interested in voting early at an early voting site in Orange County? Please click here.

Further Information

If you have any questions about absentee voting, please contact Debbie Cheshire by email or call 919-245-2353.

 

General Information

Beginning in 2014, requests for ballots by mail will only be accepted on a state-approved form. Please see the form link above. This form is also available on the State Board of Elections website. You may submit your completed request in person, by mail, email or fax.

  • Mail:  Orange County Board of Elections, P.O. Box 220, Hillsborough, NC 27278 
  • In person: 208 S. Cameron St, Hillsborough NC 27278
  • Fax: 919-644-3318

Requests may be submitted anytime during the calendar year of an election.

Voter must submit a separate request for each election. Please see information on illness or disability for exception.

Who may apply

  • Any registered Orange County voter or a near relative may request on the voter's behalf.
  • A near relative, as defined by law, is a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, or verifiable legal guardian.
  • A Power-of-Attorney does not qualify as someone who may request ballots on a voter's behalf.

Illness or disability

While listing an excuse is no longer required for voting absentee by mail, if a voter is requesting a ballot due to a long term sickness or physical disability, and states this in their request, the request will be honored for the entire calendar year (when there are other elections within that year).

Availability of ballots

  • Ballots will be available by mail 50 days prior to a Primary Election , 60 days prior to a General November Election (even years), and 30 days prior to a Municipal Election (odd years).
  • When the time for mailing ballots begins, ballots are usually mailed out within two days of requests being received. 

Deadline to request ballots

One week (7 days) prior to each election.

PLEASE NOTE: 5PM IS THE LATEST THAT REQUESTS CAN BE ACCEPTED. Postmarks do not qualify.

Deadline to return ballots

5:00 p.m. Election Day.

Completed ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections office signed, sealed and witnessed or notarized. An extension is given for ballots postmarked by Election Day and received in the Elections office by the Friday following the Election.

BEGINNING IN 2014:

Voter must have 2 witnesses or a notary in their presence as they complete and sign their ballot return envelope. Ballots will not be counted if witnesses or notary information is not complete. 

Completed, witnessed or notarized ballots requested by mail may be returned to a one-stop site rather than the Board of Elections during the hours of Early Voting.