No one should have to risk their health to exercise their right to vote
-- especially voters in high-risk groups for COVID-19. Thankfully, voting absentee by mail gives us the option to cast our ballots in this critical election from the safety of our homes.
Voting absentee by mail is a safe, secure and convenient way to submit your ballot without having to go to the polls in person. Amid the evolving pandemic, I encourage you to consider registering to Vote by Mail
in the upcoming election. Any registered voter is eligible-- no excuses needed.
If you choose to vote in-person and you have already requested an absentee ballot, state law requires you destroy the absentee ballot. Do not vote in-person if you have already mailed your absentee ballot.
To begin, you must complete an absentee ballot request form and submit it to your County Board of Elections. Here’s a step-by-step guide to this process:
1) Access the 2020 NC Absentee Ballot request form here
via the Buncombe County Board of Elections. If you are unable to print the form at the link provided, you can pick one up at our county's election services office (77 McDowell St., Asheville), or call (828) 250-4200 and they will mail you the form.
2) Fill out the form. Provide your full legal name, date of birth, NC driver license number or last four digits of your SSN, current NC residential address, email address or phone number, and the address where you want your ballot sent.
3) Submit your completed ballot request form in one of the following ways:
- Mail it to: P.O. Box 7468, Asheville, NC 28802
- Hand deliver it to the dropbox located in the entryway of the Election Services office at 77 McDowell Street, Asheville
- Email the form to email@example.com
- Fax the form to (828) 250-6262
The deadline to return the completed Absentee Ballot Request Form is Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 5 p.m
. Election Services is currently accepting absentee request forms and voters are encouraged to return the form earlier than the deadline.
Once your N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form has been received, an absentee ballot will be sent out. Ballots will be mailed out starting Sept. 4, 2020. Returned absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, and received by Friday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. They may also be returned in person to the Election Services office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 but only by the voter or a near relative. Ballots may also be returned to any early voting site, but not to a polling location on Election Day. Ballots returned at an early voting site must be delivered to the election official at the check in station.
If you properly complete and submit your request form, your County Board of Elections will mail your ballot to you with a self-addressed return envelope. Fill out your ballot in the presence of a witness, have the witness sign in the appropriate space, use the provided return envelope, stamp it, and mail it, allowing an adequate number of days for your ballot to be delivered in time to be counted. Your completed ballot must be received by your County Board of Elections by 5 PM on Election Day (November 3rd).
The North Carolina Board of Elections is working to procure a system that allows voters to receive text, email, or phone alerts about the status of their ballot, including when the request was received by the voter’s county Board of Elections. They plan to have this system in place by September 4th, when absentee ballots are mailed out.
For additional information, visit the NC State Board of Elections’ website:
or at the Buncombe County Board of Elections website: https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/election/news_detail.aspx?id=17290
I wish you and your family good health, and I have high hopes for change in November.
Thank you for your continued support,
P.S. Please pass this information along to your friends, family and neighbors. We all need to spread the word that absentee voting by mail is an easy way to stay safe and avoid the lines at the polls.