The Wilkes Board of Elections office reported that it received 5,440 requests for absentee, mail-in ballots by the deadline for these forms, which was 5 p.m. Tuesday.

By Tuesday morning, the Wilkes Board of Elections had approved 3,679 completed and returned absentee, mail-in ballots. The board meets regularly to review them for compliance with signature and other requirements. 

As of 9:30 a.m. Monday, nearly 780,000 North Carolinians had cast ballots by mail for the Nov. 3 election, about four times more by-mail voters than 2016.

To track the status of your request and your mail-in ballot, voters may use BallotTrax:

Also, voters may check to see whether their absentee ballot or in-person early voting ballot was accepted by using the State Board’s Voter Searchtool. Enter your first and last names, then find the information in the “Your Absentee Ballot” section. (In North Carolina, all early votes are considered absentee votes.) 

If you have requested a ballot but decide you would rather vote in person, you may discard the ballot and vote during early voting or on Election Day. When you vote in person, your mail-in ballot will be spoiled and not counted. You may not vote in person if your mail-in ballot has been accepted.  

It’s also very important for anyone who wishes to vote by mail to send or deliver their ballot now to ensure it is received in time.

Voters may return a completed mail-in ballot in three ways: 

  • Mail their ballot to their county board of elections. The ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
  • Drop their ballot off at any early voting site in their county. To find early voting sites and hours, use the One-Stop Early Voting Site Search Tool.
  • Drop their ballot off in person at their county board of elections office through 5 p.m. on Election Day. 

For more on voting by mail, visit

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