Voter Registration Reminder, and Options to Vote in New Hanover County

Posted September 22, 2020 at 3:33 pm     Category: Elections

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is Friday, October 9. If a voter misses the voter registration deadline but would still like to register, they may do so during the One-Stop “Early Voting” Period beginning on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Learn about voter registration in New Hanover County at and see an outline of ways to vote in the upcoming General Election below.

Options to Vote in New Hanover County


Any registered voter in New Hanover County can request an absentee ballot by mail (no special circumstance is needed).  Absentee ballots may be requested from now until the deadline – 5 p.m. October 27, 2020. Voters who plan to vote absentee by mail can submit their requests in a variety of ways but the requests must be received in our office by the deadline. Voters who are mailing their requests should allow enough time for their requests to be received by 5 p.m. on October 27. If this is your preferred method of voting, we encourage you to request your ballot now and not delay to allow sufficient time to receive, vote, and return your ballot.

Here are the steps:

  1. Request your mail-in ballot through the online Absentee Ballot Request Portal, or download and fill out the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form.  The form is also available at the Board of Elections office.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit your request form to the county’s Board of Elections office:
    • By email:
    • By fax: (910) 798-7295
    • Delivered in person or by mail: New Hanover County Board of Elections, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 38, Wilmington, NC 28403. Completed absentee request forms may only be delivered in-person to the county board of elections office by the voter, the voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian, a member of a multipartisan assistance team, or the U.S. Postal Service or other authorized designated delivery service.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it. Learn more at

Military or overseas voters have special rights under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).  These voters have the choice of either requesting a mail-in absentee ballot the same way as other registered voters, or they can apply to register and/or vote through special programs for military and overseas voters. Military and overseas voters may register and vote through the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) or the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).


The One-Stop (also known as “early voting”) voting period begins in New Hanover County on Thursday, October 15 and ends on Saturday, October 31. Early voting allows voters to cast an absentee ballot in person prior to Election Day at any One-Stop location, versus voting at their specific polling place on Election Day. It allows for more flexibility and typically has shorter lines than Election Day polling places.

Residents who are not registered in New Hanover County may also register to vote during the One-Stop early voting period at any of the 9 locations. To use same-day registration, a person must complete a voter registration application and show an election official proof of residential address in the county.  This “proof of address” may consist of a current and valid photo ID or a document showing the name and current address of the applicant. Curbside voting will be available at all One-Stop sites for anyone unable to enter the voting location due to age, physical disability, and physical barriers encountered at the voting place. And additional health and safety measures will be in place at all one-stop locations including social distancing for all voters and elections officials, enhanced sanitization measures, and one-use pens for voters. Elections officials will wear masks and gloves, and masks will be available to all voters as well.

View One-stop voting hours and a list of all nine voting locations at


Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and voters will need to present at their assigned polling place that is specific to their voting precinct. To find out where your assigned polling place is for Election Day, please click here. Polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Any voter in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to vote. Curbside voting will be available at all polling places for anyone unable to enter the voting enclosure due to age, physical disability, and physical barriers encountered at the polling place. The Board of Elections will be practicing numerous safety precautions in light of COVID-19 just as they are at one-stop locations.


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