Multipartisan Assistance Team

MAT visit

The issue many voters residing in facilities face is that sometimes their most common contacts may be the facility employees. However, facility employees may not be authorized to assist them with the voting process. This is where we need your help!

Join the MAT Team! 

This is a very rewarding opportunity where a multipartisan group of volunteers visit voters in adult care homes, hospitals, or clinics who do not have near relatives or guardians who would be able to help them in requesting and casting their vote. 

By volunteering with the Multipartisan Assistance Team, you can do your part to provide voting opportunities in your community!

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Complete an online application to receive more information about becoming a MAT Team member. 


Request a MAT Visit to a Facility

The Wake County Board of Elections offers Multipartisan Assistance Team visits to Wake County facilities. A MAT visit consists of a multipartisan group of volunteers visiting those voters in an adult care home, hospital, or clinic who do not have near relatives or guardians able to aid them in requesting an absentee-by-mail ballot and casting their vote. There are two types of visits:

First Visit: Assistance completing Voter Registration Applications and/or Absentee-by-Mail Ballot Request Forms.

Second Visit: Assistance marking (if needed) and/or witnessing Absentee-by-Mail Ballot process.

Please complete a facility visit request to provide us with the essential information for scheduling your visit. When providing the number of residents requiring assistance, please make the most accurate estimate possible. Also, remember to keep in mind upcoming dates and deadlines. You may submit a request for a second visit once your first visit has finalized and residents have received their Absentee-by-Mail Ballots.

Request a MAT Visit Here

Frequently Asked Questions

What is MAT?

MAT stands for Multipartisan Assistance Team. It is a group of volunteers who are appointed by the Board of Elections to assist voters residing in facilities with the absentee by mail process when a near relative or guardian is not available to assist them. A MAT team includes, at minimum, two persons whose voter registrations are affiliated with two different political parties. 

What does MAT do?

The MAT team members assist voters who may not have a near relative or guardian available to provide assistance in requesting or casting a absentee by mail ballot. 

MAT members provide the necessary forms and assist in completing the forms if necessary. Members also deliver the completed forms back to the Board of Elections office.

Will I receive training?

Yes. The Board of Elections provides each MAT member with the necessary training and supplies to assist the voter in either requesting an absentee by mail ballot or completing the absentee by mail ballot return envelope.

After completing training, each MAT member must also sign a declaration swearing or affirming that they will abide by the laws regarding voter assistance.

Is this a paid position?

No. This is an unpaid volunteer position assisting the voters of Wake County in requesting and casting their absentee by mail ballot.

When is the next election?

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