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Important note: The article below serves only for general guidance. For current North Carolina election laws, visit the NC State Board of Elections at:
Register to Vote
Above all else, voting is the most critical thing that you can do to help Grass Roots North Carolina stronger in our state. To register to vote, please read the following information.
Qualifications to register to vote in North Carolina:
- I am a U.S. citizen.
- I will have been a resident of North Carolina and this county for 30 days before the election.
- I will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.
- I am not registered nor will I vote in any other county or state.
- If I have been convicted of a felony, my rights of citizenship have been restored.
Places to Register:
Mail - Download the following voter registration form (English version or Spanish version) and completely fill out the form. The completed forms should then be mailed directly to the County Board of Elections in the county in which you reside.
To receive a form in the mail, please call or email your County Board of Elections office.
DMV - The driver's license examination offices, located throughout the State, have conducted a successful voter registration program since 1984. A person may complete a voter registration transaction at any driver's license examination office when conducting official DMV business with that office (applying for or renewing a driver's license, I.D. card, etc.).
Libraries and public high schools - North Carolina has mail-in voter registration forms available through public libraries and high schools. These locations do not accept the forms for the county board of elections office. Forms may be obtained at these locations, completed and mailed to the appropriate County Board of Elections office.
Deadline to Register:
The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the day of the election. Forms that are received by the county board of elections office or postmarked by the deadline are accepted as valid applications for the upcoming election. Also, agency and DMV voter registration transactions that are completed by the deadline are accepted as valid for the upcoming election. Applicants will be notified by the county board of elections of their precinct and polling place assignments.