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Absentee Dates and Deadlines

2022 Elections

Primary: May 17th, 2022 General: November 8th, 2022
First Day to Request an absentee ballot: January 1 January 1
First Day Absentee Ballots sent out: March 28 September 9
Absentee Request Deadline: May 10 at 5pm November 1 at 5pm
Absentee Return Deadline (In person): May 17 at 5pm November 8 at 5pm
Absentee Return Deadline (Mailed): Postmarked May 17 Postmarked November 8
Arrived by May 20 Arrived by November 11

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

To receive an absentee-by-mail ballot you must complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form for each election. You can now visit the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request portal to complete your request. You can find a Absentee Ballot Request Form on our website or visit our office at 59 Woodfin Place, Asheville NC 28801. You can also call 828-250-4200 and we will mail you one.

Return the request form in one of the following ways:

If it is after the request deadline and a voter experiences a sudden or unexpected illness or disability that prevents them from going to a polling location, there are exceptions which would allow a near relative to obtain a ballot and deliver it to the voter. If you know a voter who requires this, please visit our office or call (828) 250-4200 for more information.

You can request a ballot for any election in the calendar year beginning on January 1. A separate request form must be submitted for each election, unless you have an illness or disability and request to be sent a ballot for all elections in that year

Returning an Absentee Ballot

Ballots will be mailed to voters who have submitted a completed Absentee Ballot Request Form.

The envelope we send will contain your ballot, a return envelope, and instructions.

  • YOU ARE REQUIRED TO RETURN YOUR BALLOT IN THE DESIGNATED RETURN ENVELOPE WITH ALL APPLICABLE FIELDS CORRECTLY COMPLETED FOR YOUR BALLOT TO COUNT. The ballot return envelope has spaces for the signature of the voter and two witnesses, as well as the witnesses’ addresses. You are required to have either two witnesses with addresses and signatures OR a valid notary signature. If we receive your ballot early enough, we will make every attempt possible to contact you to correct any deficiencies or missing information.
  • Ballots may only be returned by the voter, the voters near relative, or the legal guardian. If you choose to return the ballot in person, it does not require postage.

Ballots can be returned in one of the following ways:

  1. By Mail
    • o Ballots sent by mail must be postmarked on or before election day. If mailing your ballot close to the deadline, we recommend going into a post office and asking a post office official at the counter to postmark your ballot envelope as received. Otherwise, please mail your ballot at least two weeks prior to the election, based on a history of missing postmarks and delays. Election law mandates ballots received after election day without a postmark cannot be counted, and all ballots with a postmark must be received by the 3rd day following the election. In the event there is a federally recognized holiday on the third day, it must be received 2 days following the election.
  2. In Person to an Early Voting Site
    • Ballots can be returned by the voter or near relative to any early voting site during early voting hours of operation. You must check in with an election official inside the precinct, which may mean waiting in line. You will hand your ballot to an election official at a computer station. During Early Voting, we will have a wait map available on our website so you can see the number of people in line.
  3. In Person to the Elections Office
    • o Ballots can be returned by the voter or near relative to our office at 59 Woodfin Place, Asheville NC 28801 during office hours, which are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. You will need to fill out a short log sheet when handing your ballot in to an Election Services employee. The deadline to return your ballot to the office is 5PM on Election Day.

Overseas and Military Voters

For information on voting overseas or military, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.

Notice: You will need to print, sign and transmit these forms to either the State or Buncombe County Board of Elections.

Locate & Contact

Election Services


Election Services
P: (828) 250-4200
F: (828) 250-6262

Election Services
59 Woodfin Place
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address

Election Services
PO Box 7468
Asheville, NC 28802-7468

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