Absentee Voting By Mail

Orange County offers absentee voting by mail to all registered Orange County voters who wish to vote by mail rather than at a one-stop early voting site or on Election Day.

Beginning January 1, 2024, all absentee by mail ballots (returned by mail or in person) must be received in the Board of Elections office by 7:30 pm on Election Day in order to be eligible to be counted. 

Registered voters may request a ballot through the:
Online Absentee Request Portal

(The online absentee request portal will reopen on January 1, 2024)

Outside of the absentee request portal, by-mail civilian absentee ballot requests must be submitted on the current State Absentee Ballot Request form (all previous versions are obsolete) and must be signed by the voter or a near relative who is making a request on behalf of a voter. Please read the instructions on the form carefully. Your request may be mailed (PO Box 220, Hillsborough 27278), or hand delivered to our office (208 S Cameron St. Hillsborough 27278). Civilian absentee request forms may no longer be emailed or faxed to our office.  Voters who receive a mailed absentee ballot may still vote in person on Election Day or during early voting as long as the mailed  absentee ballot has not been returned.




If you are a blind or visually impaired voter, you may request, mark, and return an accessible absentee ballot online through the N.C. Absentee Ballot Portal It is compatible with screen readers and allows for a digital or typed signature. Voters will be asked to provide a valid form of photo ID. If a voter cannot provide photo ID they can still vote by filling out an ID Exception Form.  Learn how it works at Accessible Absentee Voting

Voters who receive an accessible absentee ballot may still vote in person on Election Day or during early voting as long as the accessible  absentee ballot has not been submitted in the portal. 

Uniformed & Overseas Citizens

Military and Overseas citizens may register and request absentee ballots online using the UOCAVA Portal or by submitting a completed, signed Federal Post Card Application via email (vote@orangecountync.gov), fax (919-644-3318) or mail to the mailing address below.     For rules and procedures regarding military and overseas voters, please go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.

Early Voting

Interested in voting at an early voting site in Orange County? Please visit our Early Voting page.

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Submitting an Absentee Ballot Request

Submit an Absentee Ballot Request using one of the following options:


A voter must submit a separate request for each election. Please see information on illness or disability for exception.