Absentee Ballot Request Procedures


Any registered North Carolina Voter can request an absentee ballot by mail.
How to request an absentee ballot if you are a registered North Carolina voter:
  • All voters must complete the State absentee ballot request form.
  • Near relatives* may also request absentee ballots using the same format as above with the addition of the relationship to the voter and the near relative's contact information.

Any registered North Carolina Voter may choose to vote in person using One-stop Absentee Voting. No request form is required. Early voting begins the third Thursday before the election and ends the Saturday prior to the election. for more information regarding One Stop Absentee Voting and for specific locations where you can vote, contact your county board of elections.
*A near relative is a: spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild.

UOCAVA citizens are members of the following groups:

  • Member of the uniformed services or merchant marine on active duty, or an eligible spouse or dependent

  • U.S. citizen residing outside the United States

How to request an absentee ballot:


  1. Complete the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) available here. For more information, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at www.fvap.gov.

  2. Completed request forms can be submitted to the County Board of Elections via email at BOEMail@carteretcountync.gov or by mail at 1702 Live Oak Street, Suite 200, Beaufort, NC 28516.

  3. The deadline for UOCAVA voters requesting an absentee ballot for any election is the day prior to Election Day.

Ballots can be mailed or emailed depending on the voter's preference selected on the completed FPCA form.


Questions regarding this procedure can be directed to the County Board of Elections by email at BOEMail@carteretcountync.gov or by phone at 252-728-8460 or the North Carolina State board of Elections at 919-733-7173 or by email at elections.sboe@ncmail.net