Your vote is your voice. Learn how to use it! We have compiled a list of tools and resources below to help you. Keep scrolling to find information about upcoming elections, how to register to vote, different ways to vote, how to request a Voting 101 workshop for your class or student group, and read through our frequently asked questions.

Upcoming Election Dates

If you are an out of state student planning on voting in your home state – please check your state’s board of elections website for any upcoming 2020 elections. If you are a North Carolina voter, or are planning to register as a North Carolina voter, the following information applies to you.

  • November 3, 2020 – General Election
    • Deadline to register: October 9, 2020 (voters who miss registering by this deadline can register or update their registration at any early voting site in their county during the early voting period only)
    • Early voting period: October 15-31, 2020
    • Voters in North Carolina will be selecting candidates for offices that including President of the United States, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Governor of NC, NC State House, NC State Senate, NC State Supreme Court, District Judges, and other state and local offices. Always check your sample ballot using the NC voter look-up tool to see which candidates will be on your ballot, based on where you are registered to vote.
    • UNCG will likely be hosting an early voting site at the Kaplan Center where any voter registered (or registering voter) in Guilford County can vote during the early voting period. Check back for details closer to the election.

Registering to Vote

Check if you’re registered: Not sure if you’re registered to vote or want to make sure you’re registered at your current address? The North Carolina State Board of Elections public voter search will provide you with information about when you voted, where you’re registered, what your sample ballot will look like (what you’re voting on), what districts you’re in and much more! This is also a great way to make sure your status is active.

North Carolina: Other states:

Ready to register?: If you’re not registered or need to update your address, please find your state’s election office website for state-wide voting guidance: Some states allow online voter registration and others require a paper form mailed or delivered in person. NC residents will need to fill out a Voter Registration Form, print, sign, and mail the form to the proper county board of elections office. UNCG students can also pick up a voter registration form in the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement (EUC 217).

Registration Deadline: To vote in an election in NC a registration form must be postmarked or delivered to your county board of elections office no later than 25 days before the date of the election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election, you may register and vote during the election’s one-stop absentee voting period (early voting) by completing an application at a one-stop site in your county and showing an election official proof of your residential address in the county.

Registering to Vote With An On-Campus Address

Attention on-campus students ONLY! The sample form below was provided to us by the Guilford County Board of Elections as a sample registration form. It will show you how to correctly fill out your residential address (room number followed by residence hall name) and your mailing address (jdoe2 at UNCG) on a registration form. Use this format for a paper registration form, which can be found in the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement in 217 Elliott University Center, or online at the NC State Board of Elections website.  If you have further questions about how a UNCG on-campus student should correctly fill out this form please call the Guilford County Board of Elections directly at 336-641-3836.

UNCG On-Campus Sample Form

How to Vote

On election day – Vote at your assigned voting precinct. For NC voters you can search polling location and hours at:

Early in-person voting – Early voting is the period before an election where voters can cast a ballot prior to Election day.  Voters can vote at any early voting site in the NC county they are registered in, or would like to register in. However, once the early voting period is passed, voters must vote on election day at their designated polling place. Voters may change their name or address at an early voting site. Persons who are not yet registered in a county may register to vote, and vote, during early voting. This process is called “same-day registration“. If you do choose to register during early voting you will need to fill out voter registration form and provide a valid form of identification. In some cases, you may need to bring proof of residency. Proof of residency can count as any of the following that shows your current name and current (where you are registering) address:

  • North Carolina driver license
  • Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, so long as the card bears the voter’s current name and current address.
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address
  • A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation

Absentee voting by mail – Any North Carolina registered voter who is qualified to vote in an election can request and receive a by-mail absentee ballot for any election. No special circumstance or excuse is needed to receive and vote a mail-in absentee ballot. To receive a mail-in absentee ballot for an election, a voter or the voter’s near relative or legal guardian must use the State Absentee Ballot Request form to request the ballot. The ballot must be returned by 5pm on election day by mail or in-person delivery. Find the State Absentee Ballot Request Form on the State Board of Elections website. Likewise, if you are a student at UNCG from another state and are registered there, you may request an absentee ballot from your state that will allow you to vote by mail and not in-person. Please be aware of the deadlines to request and return an absentee ballot.

Request a Voting 101 Workshop

We know the voting process can be confusing. This is why the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement is inviting faculty and student groups to sign-up for our interactive Voting 101 Workshop. Trained student voter engagement fellows along with OLCE staff will cover the importance of voting, UNCG voting rates, current voter registration requirements, and how and where voting takes place. Participants will have the opportunity to register to vote during this workshop. All content is non-partisan and friendly to all political ideologies. This program can be tailored to fit a 15 or 30-minute time block. To schedule a workshop please contact Kristina Gage at kristina.gage(at) or 336-256-1406, we will do our best to make a team member available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is on my ballot this year/What am I voting on?

  • What is on your ballot depends on where you are registered to vote. You address will determine which districts and candidates you will see. If you are a registered voter in NC, you can do a voter lookup and view your sample ballot, which shows all the choices you’ll have on election day.

What should I register as?

  • It’s up to you! This is what the NC State Board of Elections says about party affiliation: “There are five recognized political parties in North Carolina: Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian and Republican. Voter registration applicants may choose one of these political parties when completing a voter registration application, or they may choose not to register with a political party affiliation. In this case, the voter’s party affiliation will be designated as Unaffiliated. North Carolina has a semi-closed primary system. In a partisan primary, voters who are affiliated with a political party may only vote the partisan ballot for the party for which they are affiliated; they are closed from voting in another party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters may vote in any one recognized party’s primary. In a General Election, voters may vote for the candidate(s) of their choice, regardless of the candidate(s)’ party affiliation. There is no longer straight-party voting in North Carolina. Voters must make a separate selection for each contest.”

What if I’m registered at home?

  • Students attending college in North Carolina may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.
  • Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in North Carolina or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot or travel there to vote.
  • You may only vote in one location.

Do I need a photo ID?

  • No. You do not need to show your ID for the upcoming primary election. The State Board of Elections has asked universities – including UNCG – whose IDs have been approved as voter IDs to disseminate the following message to students: Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the 2020 primary election. In a December 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court. For more information visit the State Board of Elections website:
  • Please note that there are some circumstances under which newly registered voters (first time voters in a new county and/or same-day registration during early voting) may need to verify their residence by providing additional documentation.
    • North Carolina driver license
    • Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, so long as the card bears the voter’s current name and current address.
    • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address
    • A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation

Will voting in NC affect my federal financial aid?

  • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants and Perkins or Stafford loans or your dependency status regarding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Will registering to vote in NC affect my scholarship?

  • If you receive scholarship money from a state, county, town, or private entity (i.e., an entity other than the federal government) you should confirm that residency in a particular place is not a requirement of the scholarship and/or that voter registration in NC will not affect your eligibility.

Voting Information & Resources