10 Tips for Municipal Election Day Voters

Published 10:47 am Friday, November 3, 2023

Submitted by the North Carolina Board of Education

On Tuesday, November 7, eligible voters in 465 municipalities across 86 counties will go to the polls to cast ballots in elections for offices such as mayor and town or city council.

The State Board of Elections offers the following tips for municipal election voters:

  1. On Election Day, polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot.
  2. Voters must go to their assigned Election Day polling place. Find your polling place through the State Board’s Voter Search tool.
  3. Sample ballots for eligible voters are available through the Voter Search tool.
  4. Voters will be asked to show photo ID when checking in at their polling place. Most voters will simply show their driver’s license, but there are many other acceptable photo IDs. For more information, including the full list of acceptable IDs, visit Voter ID. If a voter cannot show a photo ID, they can still vote by filling out an ID Exception Form and voting a provisional ballot.
  5. As required by state law, every N.C. voter will cast a hand-marked paper ballot or use a touch-screen ballot-marking device that produces a paper ballot for the voter to verify before casting. All voters will insert their ballot into a tabulator that has been tested before the election. To find which voting equipment is used in your county, read Voting Equipment.
  6. North Carolina residents may not register to vote on Election Day, unless they became eligible after the regular voter registration deadline due to becoming a U.S. citizen or having their rights restored following a felony conviction.
  7. Voters who need assistance at the polls must request that assistance. Curbside voting is available for voters who are unable to enter the voting place without assistance due to age or disability. Once inside the polling place, voters who experience difficulties should request help from an election worker. For more information, see Help for Voters with Disabilities.
  8. If you present to vote and your name is not on the voter list, you may request a provisional ballot. About a week after the election, voters who cast a provisional ballot can check the status of their ballot with the Provisional Search tool. For more information, read Provisional Voting.
  9. State and federal laws forbid intimidation or interference with voters, including hindering access to the voting place, whether inside or outside the buffer zone. The law also makes it a crime to interfere with election officials carrying out their duties. Penalties for violations include prison time, a fine, or both. The State Board takes these incidents very seriously. When they occur, we will work with our law enforcement partners on appropriate responses. Voters who are harassed or intimidated should notify an election official immediately.
  10. Election results will be posted throughout election night at the State Board’s Election Results Dashboard.

For more information about Election Day voting, please visit Vote in Person on Election Day.