No Excuse Absentee Voting
You may request your absentee ballot by mail using the NC State Absentee Portal . It is available for all NC registered voters, Military and Overseas.
Voting Absentee by Mail
If you are registered to vote in Cumberland County and are unable to vote in person on Election Day, you may request an absentee ballot by completing an absentee ballot request form. Absentee voting is allowed in all elections except fire district elections.
How to Apply
The VOTER or voter's NEAR RELATIVE (spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, step-parent, step-child) or verifiable legal guardian may apply for an absentee ballot by completing the Absentee Ballot Request Form (English or Absentee Ballot Request Form (Spanish). This form must be completed, signed and returned to our office before we can send out an absentee ballot. Your request may be returned by mail or in person. **For the November 03, 2020 General Election ONLY you may return your request also by email or fax. You may also use the NC State Board Portal.
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.
Requests received after the absentee request deadline will not be considered on time, regardless of any postmark date.
Voting and returning your Absentee Ballot
For the November 03, 2020 Election ONLY you will only need one witness present that is at least 18 years of age and are not your employer or agents thereof, and not owners or employees of a care facility in which you reside. After completing your ballot place it inside the self-addressed envelope provided and seal it. Sign the Voter’s Certification on the return envelope Your witness must also sign the envelope in the Witness Certification section.
Voted absentee ballot must be returned to the board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the election by mail or commercial courier service at the voter’s expense or delivered in person by the voter, the voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian.
Multipartisan Assistance Teams
For every primary or election, each county election office will have an assigned Multipartisan Assistance Team (MAT) available to assist voters living in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, or rest home with mail-in absentee voting. MATs are available for voters who need assistance with voting by mail-in absentee ballot, but who do not have a near relative or guardian available to help. If you are a voter as described above, contact your facility's staff to arrange a MAT visit. For more information about MATs, visit the Multipartisan Assistance Teams page.