Registering to Vote in North Carolina

Qualifications to register to vote in North Carolina
To register to vote in this State, a person must sign a voter declaration attesting that:
picture    I am a U.S. citizen.
picture    I will have been a resident of North Carolina and this county for 30 days before the election.
picture    I will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.
picture    I am not registered nor will I vote in any other county or state.
picture    If I have been convicted of a felony, my rights of citizenship have been restored.

Opportunities to register to vote in North Carolina
Agencies. Voter registration programs are actively conducted through many agencies in this State. If a person is applying for or receiving benefits from any of the participating agencies or programs, a voter registration transaction is available during the conduct of any business with that office. The following programs and agencies are currently participating in the agency voter registration program:
picture   Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
picture   Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
picture   Food Stamps
picture   Medicaid
picture   Services for the Blind
picture   Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
picture   Vocational Rehabilitation
picture   Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities
picture   Employment Security Commission

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.).
Mail. North Carolina has made available mail-in voter registration forms through the county boards of elections offices. Those offices, in turn, have distributed the mail-in voter registration forms to numerous visible locations throughout the counties. This form is self-explanatory and can be easily completed. The completed forms should be mailed directly to the appropriate county board of elections. Contact the County Board of Elections office to receive a form in the mail.

Other options
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.

Deadlines to register to vote in North Carolina
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.

Please direct questions to County Board of Elections.