The Catawba County Board of Elections
is committed to efficiently conducting fair, honest, and impartial elections so that all qualified Catawba County citizens may exercise their right to vote.
The office conducts local elections, operates voting sites, maintains voter registration lists and handles numerous aspects of election administration. The Catawba County Board of Elections works in conjunction with the State Board of Elections office to ensure that elections are conducted lawfully and fairly.
Check Registration verify registration information
Register to Vote* for new voters and anyone moving to a different county [the NC DMV website is the preferred way to register]
Update Registration* use for changes to: name, address, mailing address, party affiliation [the NC DMV website is the preferred way to make changes]
*If you are not a NC DMV customer or do not wish to register online, print and sign a Voter Registration Form [Spanish Version]
New voters and new residents to the county are required to submit the original signed document. Mail to: Board of Elections, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658
Current registered voters may submit changes by email, fax or mail which must include image of actual signature.
2021 Election Calendar
|Noon, July 26 - Noon, Aug 13||Filing for Municipal Elections (List of 2021 municipal seats available)|
|Noon, Aug 13 - Sep 3|
Filing for Municipal School Elections (List of 2021 school board seats available)
|Tuesday, Oct 5||Hickory Primary (if needed)|
|Tuesday, Nov 2||Municipal and City School Elections|
Changes have been made March 2020 to the voting precincts of Catawba County listed below in order to reduce the size of large precincts and to lessen the distance residents must travel to a polling location.
|Precinct (click for map)||Description of Changes||# of Voters Reassigned|
|13 - Greenmont||Now in Pct 26: properties between US 321 and Old Lenoir Rd|
from Tailored Industries north to the 321 bridge
|17 - Long View N||Now in Pct 26: properties north of Clement Blvd||0|
|25 - North Newton||Added properties from Pct 40 on the odd-numbered side|
of St. Pauls Church Rd that were in Newton City limits
|26 - Oakland Heights||Added properties from Pcts 13 & 17 to bring Resurrection International|
Church (the polling location for Pct 26) into the Precinct 26 boundary
|29 - St Stephens 2||Added properties from Pct 33||-|
|33 - Springs|
Now in Pct 29: [Lake Hickory Country Club area]
|34 - Startown||Now in Pct 35: even-numbered properties along Sandy Ford Rd|
(and all roads and subdivisions north), Odd-numbered Startown Rd
residents north of Sandy Ford Rd
|35 - Sweetwater||Added properties from Pcts 34 and 40||-|
|40 - West Newton||Now in Pct 35: even-numbered properties along Settlemyre Bridge Rd|
(from the bridge to Startown Rd), Startown Rd residents
north of Settlemyre Bridge Rd, all areas north including
properties accessed via Valleyview Drive, and the Fairgrove Ch Rd
area south of US 70
Voters affected by the changes were mailed voter registration cards on Friday, April 17, 2020. If voting on Election Day (Nov 3, 2020), registered voters are required to vote at their assigned polling location. If voting early, Catawba County voters may continue to choose to any of the open One-Stop Early Voting locations in the county.
Residents living at properties described above have been reassigned to different precincts in order to reduce the number of voters at their previous polling location and to lessen their drive to their election-day polling site.
- Precinct 33-Springs had over 6,000 voters; 1,601 are now in Pct 29 and live closer to their new election-day polling location. 33's voting population is down to 4,321 (Sherrill's Ford Pct 31 now holds the top spot with 4,561 voters).
- Residents living in the northern areas of Pcts 40-W Newton and 34-Startown have been combined into Pct 29-Sweetwater; their polling location is now closer.
Check Your Registration - Use this tool to check if you are registered. If any information needs changing, complete another voter registration form.
ONLINE REGISTRATION SERVICE
Online registration applications are available for NCDMV customers for free. This service is offered through a partnership between the NC Division of Motor Vehicles and the NC State Board of Elections.
On this site, you will be able to:
- Register to vote (Note: if you move to a new county, you must re-register)
- Update physical address
- Update mailing address
- Update party affiliation
DEADLINE: Registration applications submitted less than 25 days before an election will not be processed until after the election.
If you are not an NCDMV customer, you may:
- download and print a Voter Registration Form (PDF)
- pick up a pre-printed paper form at Public Libraries or at the Board of Elections office.
Catawba County residents may mail these to: Board of Elections, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658
(multiple registrations may be enclosed in the same envelope)
If you received a Voter Card (or other type of mail from us) for someone that does not live at that address, please write on the mailing: "NOT AT THIS ADDRESS," and put a line through the barcode if there is one below the address. Place back in your mailbox for the postal service to return to us.
No postage is necessary.
You may later receive another card from us for this person; please return it, also. Once we receive two returned voter cards, the voter's status will be either "denied" or "inactive" (if inactive, they will have to verbally verify their address if they come to vote). By law, in order for us to remove the voter from your address, we need their signature, or notification from another county or state that they have registered to vote elsewhere. A person may remove themselves by completing a Request to Cancel Voter Registration.
Is the person deceased? We need a signed Notice of Deceased Voter form completed by a near relative in order to remove their name.
Thank you for helping us keep the registration rolls accurate.
Update on Photo ID
Currently, photo ID is not required to vote in NC.