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This year's November election is vitally important! Everyone eligible to vote should exercise  your right to do so. DO NOT FEAR the rhetoric concerning voter fraud. DO NOT FEAR having your vote NOT COUNTED. This is just a tactic used in times past to strike fear into the hearts of people. If you vote absentee please consider delivering your ballot to your county's Board of Elections directly.


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Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Who may Request an Absentee Ballot

  • Any registered voter of Durham County may make a request for an absentee ballot. Requests can be made by completing a Absentee Ballot Request Form (Link is located below) Instructions for completing the form are included with the form and the request must be submitted on the 2020 State Absentee Ballot Request Form. The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot for the November 3rd General Election is Tuesday, October 27th at 5:00 pm.

  • To receive a mail-in absentee ballot for an election, a voter or the voter’s near relative (spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild) or legal guardian, or any member of a multi-partisan assistance team (MAT) authorized to assist voters, must first use the State Absentee Ballot Request Form to request the ballot. (Link is located below)

The request may be sent by any of the methods noted below:

  • By Mail: Durham County Board of Elections, Attn: Absentee Ballots, PO Box 868, Durham, NC, 27702

  • In Person: Durham County Board of Elections, 201 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27701

  • By Email:

  • By Fax: 919-560-0688

Please note: The 2020 Absentee Ballot Request Form MUST be submitted.

Assistance Requesting an Absentee Ballot

  • Voters who are blind or disabled, or who cannot read or write may receive assistance in completing the request form. Effective July 1 for the 2020 general election, any member of a multi-partisan assistance team, or MAT team, may assist any voter in completing a State Absentee Ballot Request Form. MAT team members may also deliver a completed request form to the county board of elections and serve as a witness for the casting of an absentee ballot.

  • If the assistance is provided by someone other than a near relative or legal guardian, that person’s name and address must be listed on the State Absentee Ballot Request Form.

Returning the Absentee Ballot Request Form


For the November 2020 general election, completed State Absentee Ballot Request Forms may be emailed, faxed, mailed or hand-delivered to the voter's county board of elections by one of the following:

  • the voter;

  • the voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian; or

  • a member of a multi-partisan assistance team (MAT). 

Forms delivered by any other person will not be processed.

Completed absentee ballot request forms may be delivered by mail by the U.S. Postal Service or designated delivery service authorized pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 7502(f).

A signed and completed State Absentee Ballot Request Form must be received by the county board of elections office no later than 

5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the date of the election for which the ballot is being requested ( 5 p.m. October 27, 2020, for the 2020 general election). The State Board strongly recommends voters request a ballot as soon as possible to avoid problems due to postal delays and to allow for time to request any possible issues with your request.

Requests received after the absentee request deadline will not be considered on time, regardless of any postmark date.

Request forms delivered by the deadline to the State Board will be considered timely. In the interest of ensuring that county boards of elections are able to promptly process voters’ absentee requests, we strongly recommend that forms be submitted to the voter's county board of elections.

2020 Deadlines for Requesting an Absentee Ballot

  • November General Election: By 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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