REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL
Requests can only be made by completing an Absentee Ballot Request Form.
The request may be sent by the methods noted below. In all cases please make sure to sign the request:
An absentee ballot can be requested by any voter registered in Durham County or the voter's near relative or verifiable legal guardian. "Near relative" means spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, step-parent, or step-child.
Here are the parts of the form that are required in order for it to be promptly processed:
The request should be for a specific election (example: October 2017 Municipal Primary). If you would like to request absentee ballots for separate elections (for example, the October 2017 Municipal Primary and the November 2017 Municipal Election), complete a form for EACH request.
RETURNING THE ABSENTEE BALLOT
The absentee ballot return envelope can be delivered back to the Board of Elections by mail or commercial courier. Alternatively, the return envelope can also be delivered in person to any early voting site or the Durham County Board of Elections office, but only by the voter or the voter's near relative or legal guardian. The Board of Elections cannot accept as timely return envelopes after 5:00 p.m. on Election Day, unless arriving by mail within three business days and postmarked by Election Day.
The return envelope cannot be accepted at any polling place on Election Day.
MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS
If you are a military service member (or immediate family member) who is absent from Durham County, or a U.S. citizen living overseas, you are encouraged to use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request your absentee ballot. If you are not registered to vote in Durham County it will also serve to accomplish that. Please fill it out as thoroughly as possible and mail/fax/scan and e-mail to us. For military and overseas voters, that will ensure you get ballots for all elections to be held this calendar year. Click here for more information and forms.
When returning the ballot, the materials will also give military-overseas voters the option of requesting ballots for the upcoming calendar year.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (see below for e-mail tips).
E-mail tips: Durham County employs various levels of spam blockers. (More than 95% of the email sent to Durham County is spam.) Public email accounts such as gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc. will usually make it through, with perhaps some delay the first time they are sent. Accounts from other countries will almost certainly be blocked. (These are email addresses that end in .country abbreviation). Receipt acknowledgements/replies will be sent within a few days. (Please allow time for holidays, weekends and email filter delays.) If you do not receive a reply, try sending your request by a different email account, fax or mail.
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