The deadline to register to vote in this State 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.

All voter registration forms for the 2023 Municipal Elections are due by 5 pm on Friday, October 13, 2023. If a voter misses the voter registration deadline but would still like to register, they may do so during the One-Stop "Early" Voting period beginning on Thursday, October 19, 2023.

  1. Qualifications to Vote

To register to vote and vote in a North Carolina county, a person must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a resident of the county, and prior to voting in an election, must have resided at his or her residential address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  • Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election (Persons at least 16 years of age may pre-register).
  • Must not be serving a felony sentence and incarcerated in jail or prison.*
  • Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.
  • Must provide their North Carolina driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number

Per order of a North Carolina superior court, if you are not in prison or jail for a felony conviction, you may register to vote and vote. For more information about voter eligibility for people serving felony sentences, please visit this NC State Board of Elections Webpage.

First-time voters who at the time of their initial voter registration did not provide their North Carolina driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number, or who provided a number that could not be validated, will be required to show identification when they vote. This identification does not have to be a photo ID. The requirement for first-time voters to show identification is a requirement of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, a federal law not unique to North Carolina. Acceptable forms of HAVA ID include:

Acceptable HAVA ID

  • A current and valid photo identification
  • A copy of one of the following documents that show the name and address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document

First-time voters who are required to show HAVA ID will have been notified of this requirement by their county board of elections. If these voters do not bring an acceptable form of identification when they present to vote, they will be given a provisional ballot. The voter must then submit a copy of one of the acceptable forms of HAVA ID noted above to their county board of elections before the date set for the county canvass of the election in which they voted provisionally. The instructions provided to the provisional voter will explain the exact date and time by which the HAVA ID must be submitted. If the voter fails to provide the county board of elections with acceptable HAVA ID, the voter's provisional ballot will not be counted.

  1. How to Register
  1. Registering Party Affiliation
  1. Update Registration
  1. Cancel Registration
  1. Federal Post Card Application