Last updated: Jun 20, 2021

North Carolina


A final report on North Carolina's performance during the 2020 general election.

Final Report / March 10, 2021
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A final memo collecting information on the laws and policies in North Carolina on the eve of the election.

Memo / November 02, 2020
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A look at trends related to early voting in North Carolina.

Memo / November 02, 2020
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A look at trends related to absentee ballots in North Carolina.

Memo / November 02, 2020
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Less than two weeks away from the general election, many voters across the country are planning how to vote, whether by mail or in person. However, as mail balloting has proceeded in the state, two trends seem to undermine the idea that young voters will make up a large fraction of mail votes cast in North Carolina.

Data / October 20, 2020
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This report examines North Carolina’s preparations for the November 2020 elections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memo / August 27, 2020
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This memo looks more closely at voting trends in the state's 2020 presidential preference primaries, which are semi-closed, allowing unaffiliated voters to choose the primary in which to vote. In particular, it focuses on the state's voter turnout and the vote modes chosen by voters, and provides a breakdown of unreturned and uncounted mail ballots by age, race, and county.

Memo / July 19, 2020
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Latest Updates

North Carolina Updates and Election News:

10/29/20 - Ballot Deadline: The Supreme Court has upheld the state's extension to the ballot acceptance period. The deadline for North Carolina absentee ballots to be received by county boards of elections is November 12th, provided that they have been postmarked no later than November 3rd.

10/22/20 - Accessible Voting: The NCSBE has released a portal which allows voters who are visually impaired to request, receive, and return an absentee ballot online.The witness requirement remains in place, and the deadline to submit this online absentee ballot is November 3rd at 5 p.m. EST.

10/19/20 - Ballot Curing Process: County board of elections will start notifying voters if their ballots have errors, and inform them of the process to fix or "cure" their ballot. These errors include the voter's signature being in the wrong place or missing the address of the witness. If the ballot is missing a signature, the voter will have to submit a new ballot.

10/14/20 - Litigation Update: A Federal judge ruled that North Carolina ballots must have a witness signature. Without a witness signature, voters must cast an entirely new ballot. However, voters can fix minor problems, such as an incomplete witness address or signature in the wrong place by returning an affidavit. Further, the judge stated they have no authority to alter the deadline to accept absentee ballots, resulting in mail-in ballots being counted until Monday, November 12 as long as they are postmarked by November 3.

10/2/20 - Litigation Update: The NC Board of Elections reached a settlement with a political group that will extend the amount of time a mail-in ballot has to arrive after Election Day from three days to nine. In addition, the Board of Elections will give voters who are missing a witness signature on their ballot an opportunity to correct the mistake after submission, without having to fill out a new ballot. Lastly, county boards are instructed to identify ballot drop stations at all county board offices and early voting locations.

9/12/20 - State Employees as Poll Workers: The State Human Resources Director is now allowing state employees to take paid time off to work as poll workers this November.

9/8/20 - Absentee Ballot Tracker: The NCSBE is implementing a ballot-tracking software on their website for absentee voters. Ballots will have "intelligent mail barcode[s]," which will communicate with voters' mobile devices via BallotTrax services. Voters can also cross-check BallotTrax alerts with the NCSBE's Voter Search Tool.

9/6/20 - Poll Worker Shortage: According to a survey conducted by the North Caroline State Board of Elections last week, "[a]t least a quarter of North Carolina’s counties are struggling to recruit poll workers for the 2020 election." The state is aiming to have 25,000 poll workers on Election Day.

9/3/20 - Poll Worker Shortage: Poll worker shortage prompts North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) to allow people to work the polls in precincts outside of where they live.

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