Voter Registration Info

Am I registered?

You must be registered in your county 25 days in advance of the election you want to vote in. Learn if you are registered at www.ncsbe.gov. Enter just your last and first name, not a middle name or birth date, and hit Search. If your name doesn’t appear, try using just a couple letters of your first name with an asterisk (*) as a wild card, or maybe you registered using a middle or nickname as your first name. For help, call the Buncombe  County Board of Elections at 828-250-4200.

Who can register and how?

To vote in North Carolina, you must be registered (on the voter roll) in your county. To register, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen;
  • At least 18 years old by the day of the General Election;
  • A resident of the county for at least 30 days before the election in which you want to vote;
  • A person who is not serving a felony sentence, including probation or parole.
  • A 17 year old may register and vote in a Primary if they will be 18 on the day of the General Election; in the Primary, they may only vote on contests that will appear on the General Election ballot.
  • In NC, a 16 or 17 year old may pre-register and their registration will become fully effective when they reach the appropriate age to vote.


Use the same registration form to register or to pre-register to vote. Carefully and legibly fill out each section. Include a phone number so an elections official can reach you if something needs to be clarified. Be sure to check the citizenship box correctly, sign the form, and include your date of birth and an identifying number (NC driver’s license number or last 4 digits of your Social Security number).

You do not have to register again each time you vote. You only need to register again if you move, change your name, or after you finish a felony sentence (including any probation or parole; simply having an outstanding restitution payment, similar to a civil fine, does not affect your right to vote).

I’ve got more questions, where can I go to learn more?

We recommend NCVoter.org (published by our friends at Democracy NC). Click here to see their comprehensive guide on voter registration and other resources. They’ll answer your questions about voter ID, rules related to a criminal record and voting, and rules for college students living away from home.


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