Absentee Voting by Mail


Absentee voting is comprised of two methods by which registered voters may cast ballots other than the traditional method of appearing in person and casting a ballot on the day of the election. These methods are absentee by mail (civilian absentee voting and military and overseas citizens absentee voting) and absentee in-person (one-stop absentee voting).


 Civilian Absentee Voting By Mail


A voter or near relative may request an application by mail, fax, or e-mail.  The voter is mailed an application and the ballot and after the voter completes both, they are returned to the elections office.  A voter or near relative can request an absentee ballot from elections office no later than the last Tuesday before the election. To request an absentee ballot, voters or a near relative* may send a letter or note to the elections office with the following information:


• Request Statement (“I am requesting an absentee ballot for the _______ Election.”)
• Name of voter
• Residential address of voter
• Address where ballot should be mailed (if different from residential address)
• Date of birth of voter
• Telephone number
• Signature of voter or near relative* (indicate relationship with voter)


*A near relative is a: spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild. The Relative Request should also include the relative’s name, address, phone number, and relationship to the voter.


The signed request may be mailed, faxed, delivered in person, or scanned and emailed.


The request must be received by the county board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last Tuesday prior to the election. If the voter is qualified, the absentee balloting materials will be mailed to the voter after the receipt of a valid written request. Absentee voters must return their voted ballot to the board of elections by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.


All ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections office by 5:00 pm the day before the election.  The ballot must be delivered by United States mail, the voter, or near relative.




Mail to:            

Hertford County Board of Elections

PO Box 416

Winton, NC 27986