Vote on Election Day

On Election Day, the polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You will vote at your precinct’s polling place. Use  to find your polling place, sample ballots, and more.

Early Voting

Early Voting details can be found at

Early voting (also known as One-Stop Absentee Voting) allows any registered voter to cast a ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day. Unlike on Election Day, when registered voters can only vote at their specific precinct, early voting allows registered voters to vote at any early voting site in the county. These sites will have all the ballot styles for a given election at each site.

During Early voting, voters may update their address and change vital information in an existing registration record but are not allowed to change their party affiliation.

Advantages of Early Voting:

  • Avoid potential lines and delays on Election Day
  • Vote on convenient days and hours for your schedule
  • You have the ability to update your voter registration
  • You can register to vote and vote at the same time if

-you are 18 years old by Election Day

-you have lived in Dare County at least 30 days

-you can provide proof of identity and residency (acceptable documents: NC driver’s license; a photo ID from a government agency; a copy of a bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government documents that shows your name and address)

Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting 

Any registered North Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot by mail. No excuse is needed to vote by absentee. To request an absentee ballot, complete the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form. The Absentee Ballot Request Form may only be signed by the voter or a voter’s near relative or legal guardian. According to the law, a “near relative” can be any of the following: spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild of the voter.

A completed Absentee Ballot Request Form must be mailed or delivered in-person to the county board of elections.

Mailing Address
Dare County Board of Elections
PO Box 1000
Manteo, NC 27954

More information is available on the State Board of Elections Civilian Absentee Voting page.

Military/Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting

Uniformed service members (and their eligible dependents), as well as U.S. citizens living outside of the United States, may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). This federal act and corresponding laws in North Carolina allow uniformed service members and overseas citizens who are absent from their county of residence in North Carolina to request, receive and return an absentee ballot under special rights.

Click here for more information on UOCAVA absentee voting.

Curbside Voting

Curbside Voting is offered at all Dare County polling places. To be eligible for curbside voting, you must be unable to enter the polling place due to age or physical disability. Look for the call bells near the polling place entrance labeled “Curbside Voting.” Poll workers will walk to your car when you park in one of the designated spaces to attend to your voting needs.


This content was first published on the Dare County Board of Election’s website.