Absentee Voting


General Instructions

A person must be a registered voter in their North Carolina county of residence in order to request an absentee ballot. If not registered to vote in the proper county, a person must submit a voter registration application along with this form. Voter registration applications are available online at http://www.ncsbe.gov/ncsbe/Portals/0/FilesP/NCVRRegFormv102013eng.pdf.  This form may be filled-in online, then printed on your own printer.  The deadline to register to vote is 25 days prior to the date of the election.

Click here to find your local Board of Elections office and their mailing address.

Proof of Identification

If the voter’s identification number (NC driver license number, NC DMV‐issued identification card number, or last four digits of social security number) is not provided, then provide with this request a copy of a document that shows the name and residential address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

Ballot Availability

Absentee balloting materials are mailed to voters once ballots for an election are available. For most elections, ballots will be available 50 days prior to the date of the election. Absentee ballots are available 60 days prior to the date of a statewide general election and 30 days prior to the date of a city or municipal election.

Absentee ballot requests are now being accepted and will continue to be accepted through 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Buncombe County Board of Elections (BOE) office at 77 McDowell Street, Asheville, 28801. After that time, the BOE office will only accept those requests received from a voter or a near relative who represents that a voter is sick or is in some way incapacitated and cannot appear in person on Election Day to vote. All voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. To request a form, please either call the BOE by phone at (828) 250-4200 or download a request form at:




Mailing address: Board of Elections, P.O. Box 7468, Asheville, NC 28802

Submitting the form

Submit this form to the voter’s county board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the date of the election. This form may be mailed, faxed, emailed, or delivered in person. Visit the State Board of Elections site for the contact information for all county boards of elections.

Mailing address: Board of Elections, P.O. Box 7468, Asheville, NC 28802

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will absentee ballots be available?

You may request an absentee ballot at any time, but the ballots will be mailed starting 60 days before a general election, and 30 days prior to the city or municipal election.

 I missed the voter registration deadline for North Carolina.  Is there anything can I do?

The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the date of an election. The voter registration application must be received by the applicant’s county boards of elections by this date. If an application is received after the deadline, the application may still be timely if it was mailed and it is postmarked on or before the voter registration deadline; otherwise, the application will not be processed until after the election. Persons who register at the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles or another voter registration agency will be considered registered as of the date the application is given to the agency. As long as this date is on or before the voter registration deadline, then the application will be deemed timely for an upcoming election.

Do I need to provide ID when I apply for my absentee ballot in North Carolina?

You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in North Carolina at least once.  If you are voting for the first time in North Carolina and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered to vote, then you must include a COPY of a current and valid photo ID that shows your name OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and North Carolina address. 

Can I vote in person before the election?

Yes. Early Voting will be held at various locations around Buncombe County beginning 17 days before Election Day.


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