Absentee - Civilian
A qualified voter or the voter’s near relative (spouse, brother, sister, parent,
grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law,
stepparent, or stepchild) or verifiable legal guardian shall request in writing
an application for absentee ballots, so that the county board of elections receives
the request not later than 5:00 PM on the Tuesday before the election (NCGS § 163-230.1).
No one with Power of Attorney is allowed to sign the request unless they are the
voter’s near relative or the voter’s verifiable legal guardian.
A written request is valid only if it is written entirely by the requester personally,
or is on a form generated by the county board of elections and signed by the requester
(NCGS § 163-230.2). If a requester, due to disability or illiteracy, is unable to
complete a written request, the requester may receive assistance in writing the
request from an individual of the requester’s choice.
To complete an absentee ballot request, the voter, near relative or verifiable legal
guardian should include the following details:
- Statement requesting absentee ballots. Identify the specific election.
- Voter’s name
- Voter’s Forsyth County residence address and address where ballot is to be mailed
- If a Primary election and voter is Unaffiliated, designate the party preference
- Voter’s date of birth
- Daytime telephone number
- Voter’s signature if ballot is requested by voter
- The near relative or verifiable legal guardian must also provide their name, residence
address, relationship and signature if the absentee ballot is requested by them.
If a voter has an illness or physical disability that is expected to last the remainder
of the calendar year, ballots may be requested for each election of that calendar
year. The request must contain a statement about the voter’s illness or disability.
A voter with an illness or physical disability or their near relative or verifiable
legal guardian may request after 5:00 PM on the Tuesday prior to the election, but
not later than 5:00 PM on the day before the election.
Apply for an Absentee Ballot Online
Send requests to:
Forsyth County Board of Elections
Forsyth County Government Center
201 N. Chestnut Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101-4120
Fax requests to (336) 727-2893.
Please call (336) 703-2800 if you have questions about the absentee request process.