How to Vote in North Carolina

Chesney Wooten

How do I vote?

Are you the following?

  • United States Citizen
  • resident of the county prior to election
  • residential address at least 30 days prior to election
  • 18 years of age
  • No serving sentence of a felony (if have been convicted of a felony must have completed sentence)
  • Rescind any previous registration in another county or state
  • Must also register to vote if you meet all of the qualifications

How do I Register?

  • Applicants must provide their full name, residential address, date of birth, and citizenship status.
  • After completion the application should, be mailed to the board of elections in the county in which the applicant resides.
  • Voter registration applicants should expect to receive their voter card within 1 to 2 weeks.
  • When filling out the application, citizens can choose Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, or Unaffiliated.
  • Printable versions are available but should be signed then mailed to the county board of elections.

Online printable application:

Ballot Fatigue

Is when there are seveeral names on a political ballot, and voters choose to ignore some candidates when there are too many choices. Usually people get tired of reading the different names so they choose the ones closest to the top of the list.

Who votes? Who doesn't? Why?

People who vote meet all of the qualifications and requirements. Citizens vote because they want to participate in democracy and have a voice with civic responsibility.

Felons cannot vote unless they finish their criminal sentence and become a citizen again. Non-citizens cannot vote until they become a citizen through naturalization.

Election Day

Tuesday, Nov. 8th 2016 at 7am

Local Schools, Libraries, Fire Stations, and Churches

Important Timeline Events

1944 : Smith v. Allwright - supreme court rules prohibiting african americans from voting in primary elections is unconstitutional

1960 : Civil Rights Act of 1960 - Introduces penalties against anybody who obstructs an individuals voting rights

1975 : Voting Rights Act Amendments of 1975 - bans literacy tests and mandates bilingual ballots in certain areas

1993 : National Voter Registration act - makes it easier to register to vote and to maintain registration

2006: Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 - prohibits use of tests or devices to deny the right to vote; requires certain jurisdiction to provide voting materials in multiple languages

Need help?

Registration forms are also available at:

  • NC State Board of Elections
  • Country Boards of Elections
  • Public Libraries
  • Public high schools of college admissions offices

Voter registration services are available at:

  • NC DMV
  • Departments of Social Services
  • Departments of Public Health
  • 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