Q: What I.D. do I need to bring? 

A: As of July 29, 2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a prior court decision to uphold the NC Voter ID Law and ruled that the law’s Photo ID requirement, along with some other provisions, are enjoined / prohibited.  As a result the State and County Boards of Election will not be requiring a Photo ID after all, unless there is an effective appeal.

What does this mean for voters?

  • As of right now, the Photo ID requirement will not be enforced in the November 2016 election.
  • There’s still a possibility the courts could make rulings that will re-institute the requirement.
  • Watch reliable news sources and websites for current status or check the NC State Board of Elections website at http://www.ncsbe.gov/
  • Should the Photo ID requirement be re-instituted, you can check the details of the requirement and find out how to get an ID at http://www.gotidnc.com/

The photo ID requirement was never applied to persons who vote a by-mail absentee ballot; however, by-mail absentee voters will need to provide identification information when requesting an absentee ballot. Civilian absentee ballot requests must be made on the State Absentee Ballot Request Form. The request form will require voters to provide at least one of the following identification information: (1) their drivers’ license number, (2) the last four digits of their Social Security number; or (3) a copy of a HAVA ID.

For in-person voters, if you use Same Day Registration during the Early Voting period, you will be asked to provide some proof of identity and address.  This can be a current Photo ID with your current address or any of the following HAVA documents that shows your name and address: a current utility bill; a bank statement; a government check; a paycheck; or another government document.


Q: I’m having a problem at the polls. What do I do?

A: If you are having a specific problem on Election Day, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (to speak with an election advocate, English only) or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (English and Spanish), 1-888-API-VOTE (Bilingual assistance in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi & Bengali) or 1-844-418-1682 (Arabic).


Q: What if I’m still standing in line when the polls close?

A: STAY AND VOTE. ALL states allow voters to cast their ballot if they are in line at the time their polling place closes.


Q: I have a disability; can I request assistance at the polls?

A: All states offer special provisions for those who are disabled or cannot access their polling place on Election Day. If you are unable to attend the polls, but need assistance, you should notify your poll workers about your need to cast a vote successfully.

You can determine for yourself who you would like to assist you at the polls – e.g. a family member or a poll worker, etc.

If you are assisting someone to the polls who is disabled, you should confirm the rules with your local poll workers. Different states have different disability provisions, so it is important to confirm these details. No voter should be turned away if he/she is disabled, or needs assistance.


Q: Will ballots be provided in other languages?

A: Only some jurisdictions offer ballots in other languages, while others hire translators to help voters who need assistance. If you do not understand or cannot read your ballot, you can:

  1. Notify your poll worker of this issue to see if assistance is available at your polling place.
  2. Call an election assistance hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (to speak with an election advocate) or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español).

Q: What should I do if my name is not on the voter registration list?

A: You should either be directed to the correct polling place or given a provisional ballot.


Q: Will my provisional ballot count?

A: After Election Day, local elections officials will confirm the eligibility of each voter and count their provisional ballot if it is determined that they are eligible. In some states, voters must cast their ballots in the correct polling place. Poll workers should provide every provisional voter with a way to learn whether or not their ballot was counted.