State Board Reminds Voters That Photo ID Is Not Required for 2020 Primary Election

RALEIGH, N.C. – With the 2020 primary election quickly approaching, the State Board of Elections is mailing a postcard (attached) to every residential household in the state – about 4.7 million in all – reminding voters that photo ID is not required for the 2020 primary election.

In a December 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The order will remain in place until further order of the court.

“We know these changes can be confusing for voters, and we wanted to make sure all voters have the latest information about the primary election,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “This mailing also provides important election dates for voters to add to their calendars.”

The following are upcoming dates for voters to remember:

  • February 7: Regular voter registration deadline (last day to change party affiliation for March primary)
  • February 13-29: In-person early voting period. Voters may register and vote at the same time.
  • February 25: Deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail
  • March 3: Primary Election Day (Polls are open statewide from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

Previously, Executive Director Brinson Bell appeared in a video reminding voters that photo ID is not required in March. To view the video and for more information, visit