North Carolina Election Results & Exit Polls
There are numerous things to consider regarding voting results in North Carolina. For instance, both mail-in and early voting are counted at different times. These may affect the unofficial election result numbers that are released on election day. Once all forms of voting have been accounted for, the official numbers from all forms of voting are tallied and the state is then called.
All absentee ballots in North Carolina must go through the approval process with your counties board. This means there may be delays in this area which can affect whether or not your ballot is counted on election day. Ballot processing in North Carolina begins on the fifth Tuesday before election day, though considering ballots can be sent in until November 3rd, this process comes with delays of official numbers.
Unlike with absentee ballots, in-person voting will be counted immediately both before and on election day itself. This leads to a process much more likely to not have any delays or large discrepancies on/after election day.
NC Election Day Exit Polls
Exit poll surveys in North Carolina are conducted just after a voter leaves the polling facility on election day. Exit poll interviewers conduct surveys just outside polling facilities to determine who voted for whom, and why. These surveys are at random and require participation on your behalf.
The best sources for live North Carolina voting results are:
New York Times
NC Early & Absentee Voting
The state of North Carolina allows both one-stop early and mail-in absentee voting. The two systems are in place and eligible for all registered NC voters. The North Carolina voter registration requirements are:
- Must be a United States Citizen.
- Must live in the county your voting in for at least 30 days prior to election day.
- Must be 18 years of age before election day.
- Must not be serving a felony sentence, parole or probation.
One-Stop early voting
The one-stop early voting period in North Carolina begins October 15th and ends on October 31st. This is the period of time in which early voting is available to any registered voter or eligible individual in the state of North Carolina. If you are already registered to vote you will not need to present an ID or proof of residency. During this early voting period, voters can cast their ballot at any voting facility in their registered county.
You can use your zipcode to find a one-stop early voting facility near you via the NCBS search page.
Polling facilities in North Carolina are generally open from 6:30am to 7:30pm ET. Please note that in NC polling location hours may be extended if polling times are extended or delayed by 15 minutes or more.
All North Carolina registered voters are allowed to vote absentee. North Carolina does not automatically send out absentee ballots to all registered voters. This means you must request one. Requested absentee ballots begin being sent out on September 24th. The deadline to request an absentee ballot (via mail) is October 27th, while you can also request an absentee ballot via email by the same deadline. Once you receive your ballot you have until the deadline of November 3rd to postmark and send the ballot, though it must be received by November 5th.
North Carolina allows for yourself or a near relative to request your absentee ballot. This includes your legal guardian, parents or step parents, grandparents, children, siblings or in-laws.
You can request your absentee mail-in ballot via the NCBS website. You may also track your ballot via North Carolina Ballottrax.
Election Winners & Recounts
North Carolina will be officially called when a particular candidate receives the majority of votes. In the case of the president and vice president elections, the electoral college will be responsible for determining this outcome. The Electoral College consist of 538 electors. Each state's number of electors is determined by how many state representatives and senators they poses. For instance, North Carolina has two senators and 13 state representatives, which lead to a total of 15 electors for the state. A majority vote of 270 electors is then required to be elected for president.
If the polling numbers are clearly going in the losing direction for a candidate, they may decide to concede from the race and give a concession speech.
The winners are usually called via Reuters or the Associated Press.
Recounts typically take place in the event of a close margin of victory/loss. Other events such as suspicion of fraud or clerical administrative errors may result in a recount. Recounts can either happen automatically or be requested by the voters or the candidate themselves.
North Carolina does not require automatic election result recounts. However, a recount may be requested by 12:00pm ET on the second business day after the county canvass. Election recounts for North Carolina in particular require a margin 0.5% or 10,000 votes for statewide office, or a margin of 1% for non-statewide office. The state of North Carolina will pay for the recount.
The North Carolina Democratic primary is one of fourteen Presidential primary contest held on what has come to be known as Super Tuesday. It traditionally takes place a few days after the South Carolina primary and marks the first time voters from multiple states cast ballots on the same day. North Carolina will send 110 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention which will be proportionally allocated among the candidates based off the percentage of votes they received.
Polls are open between 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM EST on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. North Carolina has a semi-closed primary, meaning the primary is for one political party, but voters who did not state a party preference on their voter registration form are eligible to participate. North Carolina is one of 39 states that allows early voting and voters may cast an absentee ballot if they are able to provide a valid reason why they are unable to vote on the day of the primary.
A candidate must receive 15% or more of the vote in order to be considered a viable candidate and be awarded delegates.