Want to Register to Vote?

By: Joe Femia

Voter Eligibility

You must...

--be a U.S. citizen

--be a resident to a county, and prior to the election you must have resided at your residential address for at least 30 days

--be 18 or 18 by the general election

--not be serving a sentence for a felony

--rescind any previous registration in another county or state

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Ways You Can Register to Vote

The different ways that you can register are...

--by mail

---- Complete and Sign the application and then send it to your county Board of Election office

--in person

----You can go and register at any of the following place: DMV, Social Services offices, Disability Agencies, Public Health offices, The Department of Mental Health Services, or The Employment Security Commission.

--by email or by fax

----You can send your application to the Board of Elections office. You must also submit your original signature in person or by mail within 20 days of the registration deadline.

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North Carolina Registration Deadlines

The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the election. The voter registration must be received by the applicant's count board of elections by this date. The application can be received after the deadline if it was mailed and it was postmarked on or before the deadline. If someone registers at the DMV or any other voter registration agency they will be considered registered on the date that they gave the application to the agency as long as it is before or on the deadline.

Military, Overseas, and Out of State Registration

Military and Overseas Residents

--They can vote using The Federal Postcard Application or The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot. The Postcard is the preferred option while the Write-In is more of a back-up. You must physically sign it and turn it into the State Board of Elections before 5 p.m. on the day prior to the election date.

Out of State Residents

--Yo may still vote in North Carolina if it is still your permanent residence. You can register by email, mail, or fax from out of state.

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