Absentee Ballots


We are less than two months away from Election Day, and counties across North Carolina are gearing up to serve voters and their changing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Absentee ballots, low numbers of poll workers and safety at the polls are just some of the issues counties across the state are encountering. WFAE reporter Alexandra Watts recently checked in with Union County to see how they're managing the run-up to the November election, and spoke with WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn.


MATTHEWS -- A mixup with the first absentee ballots sent in North Carolina caused some voters to receive two identical ballots for the November general election, according to election officials.

Absentee Voting Bill Headed To SC Gov. McMaster's Desk

Sep 15, 2020


COLUMBIA, S.C. — The first day of the South Carolina legislature's two-week special session to wrap up ends left loose by the COVID-19 pandemic was marked by two groups advocating for constitutional rights at the capitol building: One urging legislators to expand protections for voters this fall, and one demanding state leaders take the pandemic less seriously.

Twitter and Facebook both flagged posts by President Trump on Saturday that encouraged Americans to vote by mail as early as possible and then follow up that vote by going to the polls on Election Day to check that it was counted — action that could cause unnecessarily long lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 has changed the way we work, the way we travel -- and the way we vote. More than 710,000 North Carolina voters have requested an absentee ballot for the November election. That’s compared to 46,000 requested ballots for the 2016 election.

WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn and reporter Alexandra Watts talk about how to vote absentee in the upcoming general election.

10,000 North Carolinans Vote Absentee In First Week

Sep 11, 2020
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RALEIGH — Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians had their mail-in ballots accepted in the first week of voting, according to data released Friday by the State Board of Elections.

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North Carolina will start sending out absentee mail ballots on Friday for the November election – the first state to do so.

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At least seven mail sorting machines have been removed or are in the process of being removed from a post office facility near the Charlotte Airport. The Postal Service announced Tuesday it would stop removing mail-sorting machines and other changes made to service.

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Many North Carolinians have opened their mailboxes over the last month and found unsolicited absentee ballot request forms inside. The forms may have been sent by a political group or an unfamiliar organization, leaving voters wondering if they're legitimate and why they were sent to their address in the first place.

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Lawsuit: North Carolina Absentee Vote Changes Went Too Far

Mar 4, 2020
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RALEIGH — A portion of a 2019 North Carolina law designed to toughen mail-in absentee ballot rules following a fraud investigation in a congressional race went too far and is unconstitutional, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday contends.

North Carolina Absentee Ballot Rule Changes Get Final OKs

Oct 29, 2019
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RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators finalized changes on Tuesday to beef up mail-in absentee ballot rules and punishments for violations after a voting fraud investigation of a congressional race led to a new election this year.