North Carolina

Tar Heel State

Esse quam videri (To be, rather than to seem)


North Carolina voters cast 5,545,848 ballots in the 2020 general election, putting overall state turnout at 75.35%. Incumbent President Donald J. Trump won the state’s 15 electoral votes with 49.9% of the popular vote against Joe Biden’s 48.6%. North Carolina has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1980, with the lone exception of Barack Obama in 2008.

North Carolina has a bicameral legislature with 50 senators and 120 representatives. Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 2011, before which Democrats held the majority between 1999 and 2010.

Governor Roy Cooper (D) was re-elected in the 2020 cycle and will not be eligible for re-election in 2025 due to term limits.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Return

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDSignature VerificationNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxYes No ChangesSB 90 Increased Security of Drop Boxes
See Line 120 of Bill
Return Deadline5:00 PM on Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

North Carolina averages a 63% rating, reflecting its more right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.