As North Carolinians Begin Receiving Absentee Ballots, Leaders Across the State Highlight the Importance of Voting

by September 4, 2020

Congresswoman Alma Adams

North Carolina becomes the first state to vote as absentee ballots begin to be sent out. North Carolina offers three safe and convenient ways to vote. A voter can vote early in person, vote-by-mail, or vote at their precinct on Election Day. Across the state, leaders encouraged their constituents to make a plan to cast their vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

“A record number of North Carolinians have requested to vote by mail which proves they are laser-focused on electing Joe Biden and Democrats all the way down the ballot,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Voting by mail, voting early in person, and voting on November 3rd are all convenient and easy options. Make sure you, your neighbors, family, and friends have a voting plan. Democrats can win in North Carolina, but we have to take action and vote.”

“Voting is the most powerful way to enact change,” said Attorney General Josh Stein “Our state is the first in the nation to start making that change, mailing out absentee ballots on September 4th. Every eligible voter in North Carolina can request a mail-in absentee ballot, take advantage of 17 days of early voting in October, including weekends, or vote on November 3. What’s most important is that you have a plan to vote. Remember what we’re fighting for, let’s make North Carolina blue and elect the kind of leadership our nation needs — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”

“This is the most consequential election that any of us are ever likely to see, and North Carolinians are more motivated than ever to start voting,” said Congressman David Price. “Voters in our state are craving steady, experienced leadership in the White House, and they can’t wait to cast their ballot for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Our message is simple: Remember to grab a witness if you’re voting by mail, and make sure everyone you know has a plan to vote — by mail or in-person — in this election.”

“North Carolinians are ahead of the curve on voting in this election, and the record number of Democrats requesting absentee ballots show that we are ready to restore the soul of our nation by electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” said Congressman G.K. Butterfield. “Voters in our state have three easy and convenient options when it comes to voting in this election. You can vote by mail, you can vote early in-person, or you can vote on November 3rd. If you’re as excited as I am to vote this year, join me and make sure you have a plan now to vote.”

“I am so proud that North Carolina is the first state to begin voting in this monumental election. There are countless resources available on to help North Carolinians register to vote and understand their options for voting,” said NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. “We know that this election is critically important and that lives are on the line. It’s up to us to prove that our country is better than what it has become under Donald Trump, and that starts at the ballot box.”

Starting today, North Carolina will begin sending absentee ballots to those who requested them. I urge every North Carolinian to exercise their right to vote — either by mail or in person,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “More than 500,000 North Carolinians have requested absentee ballots, but that’s just the first step. Election day starts now and we need to replace Donald Trump. Let’s do this, North Carolina!”

One of the most important things we can do as Americans is make our voices heard at the ballot box, and North Carolinians don’t even have to wait until November to start voting,” said NC Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue. “North Carolinians have three easy and convenient options for voting, including absentee voting. No matter how you plan to vote, remember: Our vote is our power. We have the power to send Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House, re-elect Governor Roy Cooper, and send Cal Cunningham to the U.S. Senate. Don’t wait — make sure you register and make a plan to vote now!”

“Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians will begin receiving their ballots next week! November 3rd starts now and we have the ability to change the course of history,” said Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Winston-Salem DD Adams. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requests for absentee ballots are at a record high, meaning many North Carolinians have already taken the first step in making a plan to vote. We can’t afford to let up, we must elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”

“North Carolinians are no stranger to close elections. The polls show that races across the state are tight and we cannot be complacent,” said Mayor Esther Manheimer. “There’s so much at stake in this election. When we vote, we help determine what kind of country we will live in and what the kind of world future generations will inherit. I urge everyone in Asheville to do their part to send Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House this November.”

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are experienced, stable leaders who will tackle this pandemic, build our economy back better and advance racial equity. But we cannot make any progress if we do not elect them this November,” said Rep. Charles Graham. “North Carolinians have the power to bring this election home for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and that power starts now! Talk to your friends and family and make sure everyone has a plan to vote.”

Jess Anderson, Chapel Hill Town Councilmember

Ian Baltutis, Burlington Mayor

Renee Price, Orange County Commissioner

Corey Branch, Raleigh City Councilmember

Jamezetta Bedford, Orange County Commissioner

Monika Johnson-Hostler, Wake County Board of Education Member

In order to vote-by-mail, you must request your ballot by Tuesday, October 27th, and mail or hand deliver your ballot to your County Board of Elections by Election Day (November 3). If voters plan to vote by mail, voters should request and send in their mail ballots as early as they can. If, for whatever reason, a voter requests a mail ballot and then decides to vote in person, they absolutely can without an excuse. Early voting in person starts October 15th, and you can use this link to find your one stop early voting site. For more information or to check your registration status, visit

Make Your Vote Count in November, or as Early as Sept. 4 in NC

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