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Absentee-by-mail ballots for NC voters going out on Friday

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The 2024 election is really here: The North Carolina State Board of Elections said the state’s 100 county boards of elections will send absentee-by-mail ballots to voters who request a ballot for the upcoming March presidential primary on Friday.

According to NCSBE officials, over 5,000 voters have already requested primary ballots in North Carolina. During a news conference, Karen Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections, explained two major steps for those who are voting by mail this year.
“Absentee-by-mail voters will be asked to include a photocopy of an acceptable form of photo ID when returning their ballot,” Bell said.

“If an absentee voter is unable to include a copy of their photo ID with their ballot return envelope, they can fill out an ID exception form, which will be included in their absentee materials. Absentee voters will also receive instructions for including their copy of photo ID or completing the exception form.”

Major dates for the upcoming primary include:

  • Jan. 19: County boards of elections begin mailing absentee ballots to eligible voters who have submitted an absentee ballot request
  • Feb. 9: Voter registration deadline (5 p.m.)*
  • Feb. 15: In-person early voting begins; same-day voter registration is available
  • Feb. 27: Absentee ballot request deadline (5 p.m.)*
  • March 2: In-person early voting ends (3 p.m.)
  • March 5: Primary Election Day
  • March 5: Absentee ballot return deadline (7:30 p.m.)*
  • March 15: County boards of elections primary canvass meetings (11 a.m.)
  • March 26: State Board of Elections primary canvass meeting (11 a.m.)

You can find more information here: https://votebymail.ncsbe.gov/app/home

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Kenny is a Maryland native who began his career in media as a sportswriter at Tuskegee University, covering SIAC sports working for the athletic department and as a sports correspondent for the Tuskegee Campus Digest. Following his time at Tuskegee, he was accepted to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program as a Marketing Intern for The NASCAR Foundation in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2017.