Upcoming Deadlines, and Options to Vote in New Hanover County

Posted October 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm     Category: Elections

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is this 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 NHCvote.com 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.

Once your ballot is complete you can return either by mailing it in the completed container return envelope or by hand delivering it in the completed container return envelope. Hand-delivered ballots can be returned to the Absentee Ballot Processing Center, located at 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 36, Wilmington, NC 28403, or to any of the One-Stop locations during the early voting period.

If you wish to track the status of your returned ballot, the NC State Board of Elections has a convenient tracking tool. To check on the status of your returned absentee by mail ballot, please click here.


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 NHCvote.com.


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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