Absentee requests can now be made for the November 8, 2016 General Election.
Absentee ballots can be requested by any voter registered in Durham County or the voter's near relative (Near relative includes spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, step-parent, or step-child.) or verifiable legal guardian. (Power of Attorney is not the same as legal guardian. Power of Attorney does not give an individual the right to sign for another for an absentee ballot.)
Requests can be made only for the elections to be held in the calendar year that the request is made.
Requests can only be made by completing an absentee ballot request form provided below:
The request for an absentee ballot may be sent by the methods noted below. In all cases please make sure to sign the request:
Military and Overseas Voters: You are encouraged to use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request your absentee ballot. If you are not registered to vote in Durham County it will also serve to accomplish that. Please fill it out as thoroughly as possible and mail/fax/scan and email to us at your earliest convenience. For military and overseas voters, that will insure you get ballots for all elections to be held this calendar year. Click here for more information and registration/request forms.
If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Elections at the 919-560-0700, or email: email@example.com (See below for email tips*)
* Email tips: Durham County employs various levels of spam blockers. (More than 95% of the email sent to Durham County is spam.) Public email accounts such as gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc. will usually make it through, with perhaps some delay the first time they are sent. Accounts from other countries will almost certainly be blocked. (These are email addresses that end in .country abbreviation). Receipt acknowledgements/replies will be sent within a few days. (Please allow time for holidays, weekends and email filter delays.) If you do not receive a reply, try sending your request by a different email account, fax or mail.
November 8, 2016 General Election Absentee Schedule
September 9, 2016 First day absentee ballots will be mailed
October 14, 2016 Voter registration deadline
November 1, 2016 Last day for Civilian Voters to submit an absentee ballot request
November 7, 2016 Last day for Military and Overseas Voters to submit an absentee ballot request
November 8, 2016 Deadline for Civilian Voters to return voted absentee ballots
November 8, 2016 Last day for Military and Overseas Voters to return voted absentee ballots
Please note: Absentee ballots cannot be accepted at any polling place on Election Day. Absentee ballots can be accepted at the BOE office no later than 5:00 PM on Election Day, however those ballots can only be delivered by the voter, near relative, or verifiable legal guardian.Note: For some voters, an alternative to requesting an absentee ballot by mail is the one-stop, no-excuse absentee voting in person. Click Here for information on One-Stop times and locations.
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