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Requirements to vote: 

  • 18 years old on or by Election Day.

  • Resident of the county of your registration for 30 days prior to Election Day.

  • Not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or parole). If a prospective voter has previously been convicted of a felony, his/her citizenship rights must be restored.

How do I register?

  • In the state of North Carolina, you can register via mail, in person, or voter registration drives. You cannot register online.

  • To register via mail, go to (

    • The application should be printed, signed, and mailed to the county board of elections in the county where the applicant resides.

    • Applications are also available in NC State Board of Elections, County Boards of Elections, Public libraries, Public high schools or college admissions offices.

    • Your form must be postmarked 25 days before Election Day.

  • To register in person, go to one of the following locations:

    • North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV)

    • Public Assistance Agencies

      • Departments of Social Services (DSS)

      • Departments of Public Health (WIC)

    • Disability Services Agencies

      • Vocational Rehabilitation offices

      • Departments of Services for the Blind 

      • Departments of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

      • Departments of Mental Health Services

      • Employment Security Commission (ESC)

    • The deadline to register in person is 25 days before Election Day.

  • You do not have to affiliate with a party to vote in any election. However, if you do register with a party, you can only vote on that party’s ballot in the primary election. If you are unaffiliated with any party, you can vote on any party’s primary ballot.

Can I pre-register?

  • You can pre-register if you are 16 years old and will be 18 by Election Day.

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