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Key Dates and Deadlines

North Carolina

Sept. 10: Civilian voter registration deadline for October municipal elections
Sept. 16: One-stop early voting period begins for October municipal elections.
Sept. 28: Deadline for civilians to submit an absentee ballot request form for the October municipal elections.
Oct. 2: One-stop early voting period ends for October municipal elections.
Oct. 5: Civilian absentee ballot return deadline and Election Day for October municipal elections.
Oct. 8: Civilian voter registration deadline for November municipal elections.
Oct. 14: One-stop early voting period begins for November municipal elections.
Oct. 26: Deadline for civilians to submit an absentee ballot request form for the November municipal elections.
Oct. 30: One-stop early voting period ends for November municipal elections.
Nov. 2: Civilian absentee ballot return deadline and Election Day for November municipal elections.

Virginia

Sept. 17: First day of in-person early voting at local voter registration office
Oct 12: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration
Oct. 22: Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you
October 23 and October 30: Voter registration offices open Saturday
Oct 30: Last day of in-person early voting at local voter registration office
Nov. 2: In-Person Voting

Register to Vote

Oct. 8: North Carolina Voter Registration Deadline
Oct. 12: Virginia Voter Registration Deadline

Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Oct. 26: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline in North Carolina
Oct. 22: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline in Virginia

Nov. 2: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date for North Carolina and Virginia

Early In-Person Voting

Oct. 14 -Oct. 30: Early Voting in North Carolina
Sept. 17-Oct. 30: Early Voting in Virginia

In-person Voting

Polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in North Carolina. Any voter in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Polling hours throughout Virginia are from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. As long as a voter is in line by 7 p.m., the voter will be able to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

North Carolina - Voters are not required to show ID for elections in 2021
Virginia - Voters may provide either an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement at the polls

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I do not have a valid ID?

North Carolina: If a voter is not able to cast a regular ballot, the voter will go the Help Station for help casting a provisional ballot. The voter will receive a Help Referral Form explaining the reason for the referral to the Help Station.

Virginia: If you get to your polling place without acceptable ID, you can sign an ID Confirmation Statement or vote a provisional ballot. You will need to submit a copy of a valid ID by noon the Friday after the election. You will be given instructions on what to do so your vote can count.

For more information on acceptable IDs, or any other questions, contact or visit your nearest Virginia Voter Registration Office or email info@elections.virginia.gov.

What are my voting options if I'm a member of the armed forces or overseas?

North Carolina: Click here to learn how to vote if you are a member of the armed forces or are otherwise overseas.

Virginia: Click here to learn how to vote if you are a member of the armed forces or are otherwise overseas.