Any registered voter of Durham County may make a request for an absentee ballot. Requests can only be made by completing an Absentee Ballot Request Form (Instructions for completing the form are included with the form and the request must be submitted on the 2020 State Absentee Ballot Request Form). The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot for the November 3rd General Election is Tuesday, October 27th at 5:00 pm.
The request may be sent any of the methods noted below:
- By Mail: Durham County Board of Elections, Attn: Absentee Ballots, PO Box 868, Durham, NC, 27702
- In Person: Durham County Board of Elections, 201 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27701
- By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By Fax: 919-560-0688
To view our quick reference guide for completing the request form above, please click here. Please note: This form provides instructions only. The 2020 Absentee Ballot Request Form provided above is the request form that must be submitted.
For more details on Absentee Voting in North Carolina, please click here.
Absentee Ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3rd, unless it is mailed and postmarked by November 3rd and arrives by mail no later than Friday, November 6th.
For an election held in 2020 between July 1st and December 31st, the General Assembly of North Carolina has enacted legislation that allows a returned ballot to be accepted when marked in the presence of one witness. The witness must complete the witness certificate with his/her name and address, along with his/her signature.
Click here for additional instructions on returning your Absentee Ballot.
The absentee ballot return envelope can be delivered back to the Board of Elections office in-person, by mail, or via commercial courier. Alternatively, the return envelope can also be delivered in person to any early voting site or the Durham County Board of Elections office, but only by the voter or the voter's near relative or legal guardian. The Board of Elections cannot accept as timely return envelopes after 5:00 p.m. on Election Day, unless arriving by mail within three business days and postmarked by Election Day.
The return envelope cannot be accepted at any polling place on Election Day.
If you are a military service member (or immediate family member) who is absent from Durham County, or a U.S. citizen living overseas, you are encouraged to use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request your absentee ballot. If you are not registered to vote in Durham County it will also serve to accomplish that. Please fill it out as thoroughly as possible and mail/fax/scan and e-mail to us. For military and overseas voters, that will ensure you get ballots for all elections to be held this calendar year. Click here for more information and forms.
When returning the ballot, the materials will also give military-overseas voters the option of requesting ballots for the upcoming calendar year.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com (see below for e-mail tips).
Email Tips: Durham County employs various levels of spam blockers. (More than 95% of the email sent to Durham County is spam.) Public email accounts such as gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc. will usually make it through, with perhaps some delay the first time they are sent. Accounts from other countries will almost certainly be blocked. (These are email addresses that end in .country abbreviation). Receipt acknowledgements/replies will be sent within a few days. (Please allow time for holidays, weekends and email filter delays.) If you do not receive a reply, try sending your request by a different email account, fax or mail.
To view our quick reference guide for absentee voting, please click here.
Who is qualified to vote absentee ballot by mail?
Any registered voter may vote an absentee ballot. No reason is required.
How can I receive an absentee ballot by mail?
In order to receive an absentee ballot you must first complete a request form. This form is available here on our website. It must be completed and returned in person, by mail, by email or by fax. You will not be able to receive an absentee ballot unless this required form is properly completed and signed by the voter or requester. Click here for more information.
May I request an absentee ballot by mail for someone else?
If you are a near relative (as defined above) or a verifiable legal guardian you may request a ballot by completing the required request form.
Note on Power of Attorney: Power of Attorney is not the same as legal guardian. Power of Attorney does not give an individual the right to sign for another for a request or the absentee ballot.
Military/Overseas Voters: To take advantage of special voting options, the request must to be made by the voter.
May I mail my voted absentee ballot together with another voter's Absentee Ballot in the same envelope?
No. Each voter receives an absentee ballot return envelope. That envelope is specific to each voter and should be returned only with that voter's completed ballot inside.
Is there a way to check and see if my ballot has been mailed?
Yes! Tracking for each election will be available here once absentee ballot mailings begin.