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Voting in North Carolina for the first time? Start here!  

This guide contains information that would be helpful to any North Carolina voter, but is specifically geared toward voters who are new to the process and first-time voters.
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Further reading from NCCU's Shepherd Library:

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Give Us the Ballot - Ari Berman
ISBN: 9780374158279

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America Votes! - Benjamin E. Griffith
ISBN: 9781590319727

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The Triumph of Voting Rights in the South - Charles S. Bullock; Ronald Keith Gaddie
ISBN: 9780806140797

First step: Register!

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

  • 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. (If 17 years old, persons may register no earlier than 60 days prior to the date of the primary election for the general election.)
  • Must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole). If previously convicted of a felony, the person’s citizenship rights must be restored. Citizenship and voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of the sentence. No special document is needed.
  • Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.

In order to register to vote, citizens of North Carolina who meet the above qualifications must complete a voter registration form and mail or deliver their form to the Board of Elections in the county in which the reside at least 30 days before the election in which they hope to vote.  A form can be downloaded and printed out from the link below or you can pick up a form from one of the following places in your community:

  • NC State Board of Elections
  • County Boards of Elections
  • Public libraries
  • Public high schools or college admissions offices.

To see a list of other places and ways to register, refer to the NCBOE website.

When completing your application, you will be asked to provide your current address and other identifying information, you will also be asked to declare your political party affiliation.  For more information on North Carolina political parties, please refer to the Political Parties page of this libguide.  If you prefer to not disclose your party leaning or do not feel comfortable picking a party affiliation at the time of registration, you may select Unaffiliated.  



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