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How will I know my vote was counted?

If you voted by absentee mail or early in-person:

  • In North Carolina, election officials are allowed to start processing and counting absentee ballots before the end of Election Day. Counting may begin between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Election Day, though the results may not be shared before 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Votes that have been approved by a county board of elections are reported in the Results File and on the Election Night Dashboard. You can find that your vote counted in the “Your Absentee Ballot” section of the Voter Search database. It will not show for whom you voted.

If you voted in-person on Election Day:

  • When you insert your ballot into a tabulator, your selections are recorded on a media card in the tabulator. The results are counted and reported publicly on election night. For further confirmation your ballot was counted, your ballot status will be displayed under the “Voter History” section of the Voter Search database, though it may take a few weeks or longer after the election for that information to be updated. It will not show for whom you voted.

If you cast a provisional ballot:

  • You will be able to check the status of your ballot 10 days after the election through the Provisional Search tool. You will need to provide the PIN given to you when you voted provisionally. It will not show for whom you voted.