Vote Absentee


Request Your Absentee Ballot NOW!

The only certainty we have about voting this fall is that things are very fluid.  We don’t really know what October and November will bring. vote-absentee.PNG

That’s why requesting an absentee by-mail ballot now is a good idea.

  • It allows the Board of Elections to plan and request additional resources to meet demand.

  • It gives you, the voter, the choice of voting by mail or voting in person. That is because even if you request and receive a mail-in ballot, you can choose to not use it and vote early in person or on election day.

  • You don’t need any special reason to request a ballot to vote by mail.

How to request your ballot

  • Fill out this request form.  If you can’t print it out call the Chatham Board of Elections (919-545-8500) to request they mail you a form.

  • You will need your drivers license number, a NC special ID card number or the last 4 digits of your social security number to fill out the form. 

  • Only the registered voter or their near relative or legal guardian may complete and sign the request form. (A near relative is the voter’s spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent or stepchild.) 



  • The request form must be mailed or delivered in person and may not be faxed or emailed.

  • Mail your request to the Chatham County Board of Elections, PO Box 111, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

  • Deliver in person to Chatham County Board of Election, 984 Thompson St., Pittsboro, NC 27312.

  • No person other than the voter or their near relative/legal guardian may possess or return a completed absentee request form.

  • The last day to request an absentee ballot is 5:00 PM on October 27, 2020

Find out if your absentee ballot request has been processed 

  • Go to 
  • Type in your name.
  • On the next screen, click on your name to get to your voter record.
  • At the bottom of your voter record click on the section header labeled "Absentee Ballot"
  • The status of your request will be there
  • Absentee ballots are currently scheduled to be mailed on September 4, 2020.


SB 861, Comprehensive Covid-19 Protections for Voters is being considered by the state legislature.  If passed it will expand absentee voting access and increase protections for in-person votingLearn more.

Voting an Absentee Ballot


  • The voter should mark their ballot in the presence of two witnesses (or one witness if the witness is a Notary Public). If the voter is unable to mark the ballot, an assistant shall mark the ballot according to the voter’s instructions.
    • A witness should not observe so closely that they are able to see what votes the voter marked. What is required is that the witness sees the that the voter is voting the ballot

Prohibited Witnesses

  • The following individuals are prohibited from serving as a witness on an absentee ballot:
    • A person who is under 18
    • An individual who is a candidate for nomination or election to such office, unless the voter is the candidate’s near relative
  • Additionally, if the voter is a patient or resident of a hospital, clinic, nursing home, or rest home, the following people are also prohibited from serving as a witness on the absentee ballot:
    • An owner, manager, director, employee of the hospital, clinic, nursing home, or rest home in which the voter is a patient or resident
    • An individual who holds any elective office under the United States, this State, or any political subdivision of this State
    • An individual who holds any office in a State, congressional district, county, or precinct political party or organization, or who is a campaign manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party; provided that a delegate to a convention shall not be considered a party office.

Certification of Witnesses and Assistants

  • The voter’s two witnesses must, after observing that the voter marking the ballot, complete and sign the envelope in the space designated as Witnesses’ Certification.
  • If a voter used the services of a Notary Public as a sole witness, the notary will sign the Notary-Witness Certification.
    • A notary is not permitted to charge a fee for witnessing an absentee ballot. G.S. § 10B-30.
  • Any person who assisted the voter must sign and date the certificate in the proper place on the envelope.

After Marking the Absentee Ballot

  • Once the ballot is marked, the voter or a person assisting the voter must:
    • 1) seal the ballot and document in the container-return envelope and
    • 2) complete the Absentee Application and Certificate on the ballot container-return envelope.

Returning the Voted Ballot

  • Once the Absentee Application and Certificate is fully executed with all relevant signatures, the voted ballot (placed inside the container-return envelope) must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5:00 PM on Election Day.
  • Absentee ballots received after 5:00 PM on Election Day will be timely only if they are received by mail no later than 5:00 PM on the third day following the date of the election, and bear a postmark that is dated on or before Election Day.
  • The envelope may be mailed or delivered in person to either the county board of elections office or to an open one-stop absentee voting site during the early voting period.

Only the voter or the voter’s near relative may take possession of the absentee ballot for purpose


Other resources.

NCSBOE How to Vote Absentee Information


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