Voting in Dare County

By on October 1, 2020

Links to Dare County Board of Elections

Vote on Election Day

A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Dare County to vote in the following contests: Federal, State, District, County and Nonpartisan Offices. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the day of the election, Tuesday, November 3.  You will vote at your precinct’s polling place. Use the Voter Lookup Tool to find your polling place, sample ballots, and more.

Voters will not be required to show photo ID for elections held in 2020. Federal and state courts have temporarily blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect until further order of the courts.


Early voting (also known as One-Stop Absentee Voting) allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Early voting for the 2020 General Election begins on Oct. 15 at three locations:
  • Dare County Administration Building – 954 Marshall C. Collins Dr., Manteo, N.C. 27954

  • Kill Devil Hills Town Hall Commissioners Meeting Room, 102 Town Hall Drive, Kill Devil Hills, N.C. 27948

  • Cape Hatteras Secondary School Auditorium – 48576 N.C. Hwy. 12, Buxton, N.C. 27920

The sites are open on weekdays from Oct. 15 through Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last day of early voting is Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m to 3 p.m.

For more information on One-Stop Absentee Voting and other ways to vote in Dare County, visit

Same Day Registration:

Those not registered may register when they vote during Early Voting. Unlike on Election Day, when registered voters can only vote at their specific precinct, early voting allows registered voters to vote at any early voting site in the county.

  • If you are 18 years old by Election Day
  • Have lived in Dare County for at least 30 days
  • Can provide proof of identity and residency
    • An identification document is required when using Same Day Voter Registration during Early Voting. The acceptable documents that may be used include: a North Carolina driver license, a photo ID from a government agency, a copy of one of the following that shows the name and address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document.
  • Within two business days of the person’s registration, the county board of elections will verify the registrant’s driver’s license or Social Security number, update the voter registration database, search for possible duplicate registrations, and begin to verify the registrant’s address by mail. The registrant’s ballot will be counted unless the county board of elections determines that he or she is not qualified to vote that ballot.

For more information on same day registration at one-stop early voting sites, click here.

Curbside Voting

Curbside Voting is offered at all Dare County polling places. To be eligible for curbside voting, you must be unable to enter the polling place due to age or physical disability. Look for the call bells near the polling place entrance labeled “Curbside Voting.” Poll workers will walk to your car when you park in one of the designated spaces to attend to your voting needs.

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