Absentee Voting

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Beginning January 1, 2014, per NC GS 163‐230.2, a completed request for an absentee ballot by mail must be made on a form created by the NC State Board of Elections. Any registered voter of Guilford County may request an absentee by‐mail ballot. If you no longer reside in Guilford County or have recently moved to Guilford County and have not registered to vote, please call 336‐641‐6876 or 336‐ 641‐6874 for instructions or contact your local county Board of Elections.

A registered voter does not have to provide a reason for absentee voting. No‐excuse absentee voting will be permitted for all elections except fire district elections.

FRAUDULENTLY OR FALSELY COMPLETING THIS FORM IS A CLASS I FELONY UNDER CHAPTER 163 OF THE NC GENERAL STATUTES.

The absentee ballot request form must be signed (no E‐Signatures allowed) by the voter requesting an absentee ballot or that voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian. “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.

*Note: do not print screen the fillable form, it will not qualify as a valid form, it must be on the State absentee ballot request form. You must go all the way through the process to the State form.

If you cannot access the form from the links above, you may call 336‐641‐6876 or 336‐641‐6874 for an Absentee Ballot Request Form or may come to either the Greensboro (301 W Market St) or the High Point Election (325 E Russell Ave) Office. You may also access the absentee ballot request form on the NC State Board of Elections website.

Mail completed and signed (no e‐signatures) requests to:

Guilford County Board of Elections
Absentee Voting Department
PO Box 3427
Greensboro, NC 27402

Or

Hand-deliver completed and signed (no e‐signatures) requests to:

Guilford County Board of Elections
Absentee Voting Department
301 W Market St, Rm 100
Greensboro, NC 27401

Or

Fax completed and signed (no e‐signatures) to: 336‐641‐4454.

Or

Email completed and signed (no e‐signatures) attachment to absentee@guilfordcountync.gov.

These requests must be received in the office no later than 5 p.m. the Tuesday prior to Election Day. Once ballots are available, ballots will be mailed within one to two business days after receipt of the completed request. If a voter expects to be unable to go to the voting place to vote on election day because of the voter’s sickness or other physical disability, that voter or that voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian may make the request in person at the office after 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election but not later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election. Please call 336‐ 641‐6876 or 336‐641‐6874 for further details.

Military and Overseas Absentee Voting

Link to UOCAVA election notice

Who is eligible to apply?

The following individuals, who are eligible to register and who are qualified to vote in any statewide primary or election held under the laws of North Carolina, and who are absent from the county of his or her residence are entitled to register and vote by military or overseas absentee ballot:

  1. Individuals serving in the active and reserve components of armed forces of the United States, including, but not limited to, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard who is on active duty; the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, the commissioned corps the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and members of the National Guard or State militia unit who is on activated status.
  2. Spouse or dependent of a member referred to in this subdivision.
  3. “Overseas voter” means a United States citizen who is outside the United States and satisfies this State’s voter eligibility requirements.
  4. Other individuals meeting the definitions of “absent uniformed services voter” and “overseas voter” in the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
  5. “United States” used in the territorial sense, means the several states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

How can I apply?

Download the Federal Post Card Application Form (FPCA). You must print the form to sign it (no e-signatures allowed) and then you may submit the form as detailed below.

Send signed (no e-signatures) and completed FPCA (or other forms) to:

Guilford County Board of Elections
Absentee Voting Department
PO Box 3427
Greensboro, NC 27402

Or

Fax completed and signed (no e‐signatures) to: 336‐641‐4454.

Or

Email completed and signed (no e‐signatures) attachment to absentee@guilfordcountync.gov.

Any covered uniformed‐service or overseas voter that qualifies as listed above has the choice of either applying to register and/or vote through special programs such as using the FPCA (see link above) or FWAB or requesting a mail‐in absentee ballot the same way as other registered voters. Access the Federal Voting Assistance website for more information.

If you have any questions, please call 336‐641‐6874 or 336‐641‐6876 or visit the NC State Board of Elections website.

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