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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.


2021 Municipal and City School Board Elections

List of Municipal Candidates
36 Municipal Candidates
List of City School Board Candidates
12 School Board Candidates
Brookford, Catawba, Claremont
Conover, Maiden, Newton
Hickory Public Schools
Newton-Conover Schools
Hickory and Long View elections will be held in 2022


Search Organized Campaign Committee Reports


Absentee-by-Mail Information - Information on requesting a ballot-by-mail for the Nov 2021 Municipal and City School Elections


Voter Registration

Check Your 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 Portal 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 (if not using the DMV Portal) are required to submit an original signed Voter Registration Form.
Current registered voters may submit changes using the DMV Portal or by email, fax or mail. Printed forms must include image of actual signature (computer fonts are not acceptable). Mail to: Board of Elections, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658

See VIDEO on Registering to Vote in NC


2021 ELECTIONS

Municipal and School Board Elections - Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021

2021 Elections will be held for residents living within the following jurisdictions:

  • Town of Brookford
  • Town of Catawba
  • City of Claremont
  • City of Conover
  • Town of Maiden
  • City of Newton
  • Newton-Conover School Districts
  • Hickory Public Schools - Wards 1, 2, 3, 5

Last Day to Register to Vote On Election Day or Absentee-by-Mail

  • Friday, October 8 - Check Your Registration Verify your information is up to date. If not, submit a new registration form before the deadline.

Sample Ballot

To view your sample ballot, Check Your Registration and scroll down to Sample Ballot section. (see example below)

If Your Sample Ballot(s) indicates "No eligible ballots", you do not live in a jurisdiction that has a race in this election.

One-Stop Early Voting Location:

  • Catawba County Main Libary, 115 West C St, Newton | Thursday, Oct 14 - Saturday, Oct 30 | Schedule
  • Municipal and School Residents that are not registered by Oct 8th may be register and vote at the same time
    only at a One-Stop site with proper ID showing current residential address.

Polling Locations Open Nov 2, 2021:

  • P04 - Brookford | Brookford Town Hall
    • will host eligible residents from P12 - Kenworth
    • will host eligible reisdents from P23 - Mtn View 1
    • will host eligible residents from P35 - Sweetwater
  • P05 - Catawba | Catawba Baptist Church
    • will host eligible residents from P21 - Monogram
  • P06 - Claremont | First Baptist Church, Claremont New Site
    • will host eligible residents from P27 - Oxford
  • P07 - Conover West | Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
    • will host eligible residents from P28 - St Stephens 1
    • will host eligible residents from P33 - Springs
  • P08 - Conover East | Conover Station
  • P10 - E Newton | Newton Recreation Center
  • P11 - College Park | St Andrew's Lutheran Church
  • P13 - Greenmont | Westmont Sr. Citizens Center

Printable Copy

  • P14 - Oakwood | Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • P16 - Highland | Highland Recreation Center
  • P17 - Long View N | Bethel Methodist Church
  • P19 - Long View S | Christ United Baptist Church
  • P20 - Maiden | Maiden Community Center
    • will host eligible residents from P9 - East Maiden
  • P22 - Mt Olive | Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Newton
  • P25 - N Newton | Abernethy Memorial UMC
  • P26 - Oakland Heights | Resurrection International Church
  • P32 - S Newton | Grace Reformed United Church
  • P34 - Startown | St. Paul's Reformed Church
  • P37 - Viewmont 2 | Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory
  • P38 - Falling Creek | Lakeview Baptist Church
  • P39 - Northwest | Neill Clark Recreation Center
  • P40 - W Newton | Catawba County Main Library

Pcts 9, 12, 21, 23, 27, 28, 33, and 35 polling sites are closed; however,
the eligible residents in those precincts may still vote at their designated
host precinct as listed above. All eligible voters in these closed
precincts will receive mail correspondence concerning the transfer.

2021 ELECTION CALENDAR

DatesEvent
Friday, Jul 2 - Friday, Jul 16Municipal Candidate Filing - List of 2021 municipal candidates
Friday, Aug 13 - Friday, Sep 3City School Board Candidate Filing
Friday, Oct 8, 5pmDeadline to register to vote on election day or by absentee-by-mail
Thursday, Oct 14One-Stop Early Voting Begins
(If not registered, you may register and vote only at a One-Stop)
Tuesday, Oct 26, 5pmDeadline to request an absentee-by-mail ballot
Saturday, Oct 30One-Stop Early Voting Ends
Tuesday, Nov 2, 6:30am-7:30pmMunicipal and City School Elections
Tuesday, Nov 9, 11amCanvass
Printable Calendar
Photo ID is NOT required to vote in this election

Long View • Hickory

Long View and Hickory elections will be held in 2022 due to the delay with the 2020 US Census.
Session Law 2021-56

Updated 7/16/2021 - All dates are subject to change


Interested in running for an office? Read more here.
FAQ for Campaign Committees


Newton One-Stop open for Nov 2nd Municipal and School Board Elections

  • Catawba County Main Library – 115 West ‘C’ St, Newton

Who is eligible to vote in this election

Municipal residents of:

  • Town of Brookford
  • Town of Catawba
  • City of Claremont
  • City of Conover
  • Town of Maiden
  • City of Newton

Residents of the following City School jurisdictions:

  • Hickory Public Schools - Wards 1, 2, 3, 5
  • Newton-Conover Schools - Conover and Newton Districts

Municipal and City School Board residents may vote during One-Stop early voting.
On election day (Nov 2nd), you are required to vote at your assigned polling location.

Note: City of Hickory and Town of Long View residents will vote in 2022.


Catawba County One-Stop Schedule

Printable Schedule


Same-Day Registration

Residents not registered to vote may do so ONLY at the One-Stop site with proof of residence.
More information (State Board of Elections)

2021 Absentee Request Form or Request Online (note: Online requests are the preferred and fastest method.)

2021 UOCAVA Election Notice for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens. Visit FVAP.gov for more details.

Request a Mail-In ballot for the November 2, 2021 Municipal and City School elections

Who may vote by mail in this election (must be registered voters on or before Oct 8, 2021)?

  • Municipal residents living within the limits of: Town of Brookford, Town of Catawba, City of Claremont, City of Conover, Town of Maiden, City of Newton
  • Residents within the city school districts of: Hickory Public Schools (Wards 1, 2, 3, 5), Newton-Conover Schools

Note: Town of Long View and City of Hickory elections will be held in 2022. However, if you are in the Hickory Public School system (Wards 1, 2, 3, or 5) you will have a ballot for the school board elections.

How do I make the request?

  • Use the NC State Board of Elections' Online Portal to request a mail-in ballot: VoteByMail.ncsbe.gov
  • Or, print out and complete a paper Absentee Request Form and return to the Board of Elections office:
    • by mail: PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658
    • by hand delivering to the office: 145 Government Dr, Newton (beside the parking deck near the Catawba County Justice Center).
      Note: Forms may only be delivered to the office by the voter or a near-relative (See Q&A below).

Deadline to request a ballot:

  • 5pm the Tuesday before the election (Oct 26, 2021)

Click here for more information on Absentee Ballots by Mail


2022 Elections

Dates are subject to change

2022 Offices up for Election

Candidate Filing begins noon, Dec 6th, 2021 and ends noon, Dec 17th, 2021

Primary - March 8, 2022

  • Federal, State, Judicial, and County races (Sheriff, Clerk of Superior Court, County Commissioners)
  • City of Hickory (Mayor, Alderman Wards 4, 5, 6) and Town of Long View (Mayor, Alderman Wards 2, 5) races for residents of those municipalities.
    Note: if a Hickory Primary is needed, it will be held March 8th and the Hickory Municipal election will be held during the 2022 Second Primary)

Second Primary (if needed)

  • If only State or Local offices: April 26, 2022 (One-Stop Apr 7-23)
  • If Federal offices: May 17, 2022 (One-Stop Apr 28-May14)

County School Board Candidate Filing begins noon, Jun 6, 2022 and ends noon, Jul 1, 2022
Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Candidate Filing begins noon, Jun 13 and ends noon, Jul 1, 2022

General Election - November 8, 2022



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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.

Go To NCDMV online voter registration application


If you are not an NCDMV customer, you may:

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.

  • This page will be updated as new information becomes available from the State Board of Elections.
  • More information on Voter Photo ID requirements is available on the State BOE website: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-ID. Phone: (919) 814-0744.

2021 UOCAVA Notice