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Voting in Forsyth County

Are You Registered to Vote?

Check to see if you’re registered in North Carolina at your current address.

Ways to Vote

Any voter registered in North Carolina, can request an absentee ballot. This type of absentee voting allows a voter, a near relative (“near relative” means spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild. § 163-230.2) or legal guardian, to request that an absentee ballot be sent to the voter by mail. The voter may vote the ballot and return the ballot by mail, in person at the Forsyth County Board of Elections office or during the One-Stop Early Voting. If returned by mail, the ballot must be received at the Forsyth County Board of Elections office by 5:00 pm on Election Day. Absentee ballots can be received up to 3 days after Election Day if postmarked by or before Election Day. The voter must request for the ballot to be postmarked.

New Photo ID Laws

From the NC State Board of Elections

Photo ID Required for Voting

Voters will be asked to show photo ID when voting in North Carolina.

For most voters, they will simply show their driver’s license. But there are many other acceptable photo IDs. 

If a voter does not have an acceptable photo ID, they can get one for free from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV). Find more information under “No-Fee ID Cards” at State IDs | NCDMV. Voters can also get free ID from their county board of elections.

All voters will be allowed to vote with or without a photo ID. If a voter cannot show photo ID when voting in person, they can still vote by filling out an ID Exception Form. For absentee-by-mail voters, if they are unable to include a copy of their photo ID in their ballot return envelope, they can also fill out an ID Exception Form with their ballot. Find more information under ID Exceptions below.

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