2020 Statewide Primary Election

This page has everything that you need to know regarding the 2020 Statewide Primary Election. Please review each tab to ensure that you understand your options and are prepared for voting during the election.

“Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the March 3, 2020 primary election. In a December 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court.”  For more information, please click here


Prior to voting in any election it is important to confirm that you are a registered voter and that your voter registration contains all of your most recent information. During an election, your voter registration record should accurately reflect full name and address. Your party affiliation does impact the ballot that you receive during a primary election.  You may check the status of your voter registration by clicking here.

If you would like to register to vote for the first time or update your registration profile, please print, complete and sign a voter registration application and return it to the New Hanover County Board of Elections office prior to the voter registration deadline – Friday, February 7, 2020. If you miss the voter registration deadline but would like to register to vote prior to the primary election, you may do so by completing the Same-Day Registration process during the One-Stop Voting period. Same-Day Registration allows a person to register and vote at the same time at a One-Stop Site. You are not allowed to complete the Same-Day Registration process and vote on Election Day. One-Stop Voting runs from Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Specific dates, times and location(s) coming soon.) For more information on the Same-Day Registration process, please click here.


There are three voting options in North Carolina in which a voter may choose to cast their ballot.

Absentee-By-Mail Voting

  • This method of voting requires you to complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form and submit the form to the New Hanover County Board of Elections Office. Once processed, you will receive the ballot in the mail for you to complete and return prior to the Absentee Ballot Deadline (Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 5 PM if returned by hand to BOE office or Friday, March 6, 2020 if returned by mail with a postmark dated on/before March 3.) A reason is not required to vote using this method and your ballot may be mailed anywhere in the world. Please click here for more information on the procedures for voting Absentee-By-Mail.

One-Stop Voting

  • Also known as “Early Voting”, One-Stop Absentee Voting allows you to cast an in-person ballot during an 17 day period prior to Election Day. One-Stop Voting allows for the flexibility to choose when and where you vote – normally with shorter lines and a quicker voting experience than that on Election Day. In addition to voting, those who missed the registration deadline but would still like to cast a ballot may do so during the One-Stop Voting period using the Same-Day Registration process. Click here to learn more about One-Stop Voting and to find your closest One-Stop site.

Election Day Voting

  • The most traditional method of voting is doing so on Election Day. All 43 New Hanover County precincts are open on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 for Election Day Voting. This is the last chance that a person has to vote in the election. If you choose to vote on Election Day, you should present at the polling place that is specific to your voting precinct as noted on your voter registration record. To find out where you should vote on Election Day, please click here. Please be aware that only voters who live within municipal boundaries all eligible to vote in municipal elections. Voters residing in the county will not have an eligible ballot style available.

It is important to know the differences of where you can cast a ballot during the election.

If you plan to vote during the One-Stop Voting period, you can present at any of the One-Stop sites around New Hanover County (One-Stop site information coming soon), regardless of where in the county you are registered to vote.

If you plan to vote on Election Day, you must present to vote in the precinct in which you are registered. If you present at any precinct other than your own to vote, you will be directed to your correct polling place or be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot which may slow your Election Day experience. To find out where you should vote on Election Day, please click here.


Board of Elections: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 38 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7330 • Fax 910-798-7295