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Absentee Voting By Mail


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.

As of 2014, all by-mail absentee ballot requests must be submitted on the State Absentee Ballot Request form.


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Further Information

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









General Information

  • 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. The Tuesday before Election Day Tuesday.


Deadline to return ballots

5:00 p.m. Election Day.

  • Completed by-mail ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections office by 5:00 p.m. Election Day.
  • An extension is given for ballots postmarked by Election Day and received in the Elections office by the Friday following the Election.


A by-mail absentee voter must have 2 witnesses or one notary in their presence as they complete their ballot and application envelope. Ballots will not be counted if returned without completed witness or notary information.

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