Elections

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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.


Who has filed for office?updated 7/16/2019 1:10pm - Filing ends July 16, noon

Municipal & City School Board Elections 2019

2019 Offices Up For Election

Printable 2019 Elections Calendar

Municipal Candidate Filing Begins - Friday, July 5, 2019, noon
Municipal Candidate Filing Ends - Friday, July 19, 2019, noon


City School Board Filing Begins - Friday, August 16, 2019, noon
City School Board Filing Ends - Friday, September 6, 2019 (noon for Newton-Conover, 5pm for Hickory)


Hickory Primary (if needed) - Tuesday, Oct 8, 6:30am-7:30pm

2019 Municipal & School Elections - Tuesday, Nov 5, 6:30am-7:30pm


Photo ID is NOT REQUIRED for elections in 2019.


Hickory is split into 6 Wards. The City Council is made up of 1 Alderman from each of the 6 Wards.

If more than 2 candidates file for office for a particular Ward (or Mayor), a Hickory Primary will be held in October--the top two vote-getters will move on to the November election.

  • In a Hickory Primary, ONLY the registered voters living in that Ward are allowed to vote in that Ward's contest. If the Mayor's race is in the Primary, all registered residents may vote on that race.
  • In the November municipal election, ALL registered Hickory voters vote on ALL Ward contests.

The start of the 4-year terms of office for Aldermen are split:
Wards 1, 2, & 3 are elected in the same year while Wards 4, 5, & 6 will be on the ballot 2 years later.
The Mayor's term coincides with Wards 4, 5 & 6.

Note: Parts of Ward 5 are in Burke County. Hickory City Ward 5 voters residing in Burke County are required to vote in Burke County.


Interested in running for an office? Read over the Questions and Answers on starting a Candidate Campaign Committee.


Municipal Filing

  • Brookford - 2 Aldermen seats
  • Catawba - 1 Mayor, 2 Councilmen seats
  • Claremont - 3 Councilmen seats
  • Conover - 3 Councilmen seats
  • Hickory - 3 Aldermen seats (Wards 1, 2, 3)
  • Long View - 3 Aldermen seats (Wards 1, 3, 4)
  • Maiden - 1 Mayor, 3 Councilmen seats
  • Newton - 1 Mayor, 3 Council seats

Begins Friday, Jul 5, noon

Ends Friday, Jul 19, noon

Hickory filing Fee: $12

All others: $5


City School Boards Filing

Hickory Public Schools Seats:

  • Ward 4
  • Ward 6
  • At-Large Seat

Begins Friday, Aug 16, noon

Ends Friday, Sep 6, 5pm

Filing Fee: $5

Newton/Conover Schools Seats:

  • 1 seat - Newton District
  • 2 seats - Conover District

Begins Friday, Aug 16, noon

Ends Friday, Sep 6, noon

Filing Fee: $5


UOCAVA Notice - Official Election Notice for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens detailing Catawba County's November 5th, 2019 Municipal and City School Board Elections. Military and Overseas Citizans may request an absentee ballot via www.FVAP.gov.

PUBLIC SEMINARS - New 2020 Voter Photo ID Law

Catawba County Board of Elections will be hosting two informational sessions this summer to discuss the Voter ID Law going into effect in 2020. The sessions are free and open to the public. Members of the NC State Board of Elections will present the information and will answer any questions you may have concerning the new Voter Photo ID law.

Thur, Jun 20, 6pmPatrick Beaver Memorial Library375 3rd St, NE, HickoryOver 30 people were in attandance
Thur, Aug 22, 6pmNewton Main Library115 West C St, Newton

Voter ID Seminars: Thursday June 20, 6pm at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Thursday August 22, 6pm at Newton Main Library.

Informational Flyer

Click on the image to the right
for a PDF Flyer on photo ID requirements
for the 2020 elections.

thumbnail image of PDF Flyer on photo ID requirements for the 2020 elections.

More information is available on the State BOE website: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-ID

Federal, State, Judicial, County, and County School Board Elections 2020

2020 Offices Up For Election

Printable 2020 Elections Calendar

Candidate Filing Begins - Monday, December 2, 2019
Candidate Filing Ends - Friday, December 20, 2019


Presidential Primary - Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Note: 17-year-olds may vote in a primary election if they will turn 18 on or before the general election (November 3, 2020)

2nd Primary (if needed) - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 [or May 12, 2020 if Federal races in the runoff]


Filing for Catawba County School Board Begins - Monday, June 1, 2020, noon
Filing for Catawba County School Board Ends - Friday, July 3, 2020, noon


Filing for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors Begins - Monday, June 8, 2020, noon
Filing for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors Ends - Thursday, July 2, 2020, noon


Presidential Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020


If you are registered as Unaffiliated and interested in running please read this document: Information for Unaffiliated Candidates in 2020

Official Catawba County Election Results

Click here for Catawba County Election Results - PDF reports of votes by Catawba County voters (2002 to Current)


Interactive Results for Catawba County (NCSBE Website)

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Organized Campaign Committees

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Voter Photo ID begins in 2020

  • PHOTO ID IS NOT REQUIRED FOR 2019 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
  • Beginning in 2020, North Carolina voters will be required to provide photo identification when voting in-person or absentee-by-mail, with some exceptions. more details
  • Don't have a NC Drivers License, Permit, NC DMV Non-Operator ID card, US Passport, or other acceptable forms of Photo ID?
    The Board of Elections Office can issue a free Voter Photo ID Card if you are a registered voter. Complete a Voter ID Card Request Form (forms also available in the office) and bring to your county's Board of Elecitons office during regular office hours until the Friday before the election (deadline for the Presidential Primary is Feb 29, 2020).

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 recieve 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 Voter Removal Form.

Is the person deceased? We need a signed Deceased Voter document from a near relative in order to remove their name.

Thank you for helping us keep the registration rolls accurate.

Frequently Used Forms

Voter Registration FormAbsentee-by-mail Request FormVoter Photo ID Card Request Form