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.
2023 Municipal Elections - Nov 7
- Candidate Detail List - Name, address, phone, email
- Campaign Finance Reports and Notices of Candidacy. Select the "2023" election year.
SAMPLE BALLOTS are now available to view. Follow these steps:
- Search for your specific sample ballot using the State Voter Lookup
- Enter your first name and last name and search
- Select your Full Name to view your information and scroll down to "Your Sample Ballot"
- Click on the "V00xx" to view your specific ballot
- 5pm, Friday, Oct 13 - The last day to register to vote election day or by mail for the 2023 Municipal Elections.
- Oct 19-Nov 4: Newton Main Library or Highland Recreation Center (Schedule)
Municipal residents that are not registered by the deadline above may register and vote at the same time with Photo ID and proof of residence only at an Early Voting site.
- Nov 7: 6:30am - 7:30pm. You may only vote at your designated polling location (Search here for your location)
Photo ID required beginning with the 2023 Municipal Elections
- For more information: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-ID
- Any NC resident 17 or older can get a DMV non-driver identification card for free. (Don't be confused by the $14 nonoperator ID card on the DMV website. The No-Fee ID needed for voting is free and you don't have to explain to them it is for voting purposes.) If you have a NC Drivers License, you do not need the non-driver ID to vote--an unexpired NCDL will be sufficient. More info on State Board website.
Voter Eligibility for People Serving Felony Sentences
- Per order of the North Carolina Supreme Court in April 2023, North Carolinians convicted of felonies must complete their sentences – including any prison time and any period of probation, post-release supervision, or parole – before they regain their right to vote. Click here for more information from the State Board of Elections website.
County and Municipal School Boards in Catawba County are Partisan
- For more information see Session Law 2023-32 6/08/2023
- Newton-Conover Schools and Hickory Public Schools elections move to even-numbered years
- Currently elected School Board Members will serve an extra year until their next election
- Candidate Filing begins noon, Dec 4th, 2023--potential candidates wishing to make party changes must do so 90 days before the day of filing
- Unaffiliated Candidates may appear on the November General Election ballot by petition. The petition requires signatures of 4% of the registered voters in the district for which they are running. For more information: https://www.ncsbe.gov/candidates/petitions/unaffiliated-candidate-petitions
Check Your Registration verify registration information. Is your Name/Address correct? Is your party affiliation what you want?
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]
See VIDEO on Registering to Vote in NC
- Qualifications to register - Follow this link
- New voters and new residents to the county (if not using the DMV Portal) are required to submit a hard copy of an original signed Voter Registration Form. Mail signed registrations to: Board of Elections, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658
- 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).
- Felons - Latest updates for Registering as a Person in the Criminal Justice System
When registering as a voter (or updating your registration), you may choose to associate with one of the following political parties:
- Democratic Party
- Republican Party
- Green Party
- Libertarian Party
- No Labels Party (Added in 2023)
You may also choose to be Unaffiliated. During a partisan primary, unaffiliated voters may vote by choosing one party's ballot (DEM, REP, or LIB), if available. If there is a runoff election, the unaffiliated voter will be given the same party's ballot chosen in the primary.
Candidate Campaign Information
Campaign Finance Reports - Select the calendar year for campaign reports you are interested in searching.
Interested in becoming a Poll Worker in 2024?
If you would like to join our team of precinct election officials and be considered for a position as a poll worker, send the Board of Elections Office an email with your Name, Address, and Phone number. More information.
Nov 2023 Municipal Elections
Only for eligible residents of: Brookford | Catawba | Claremont | Conover | Hickory | Long View | Maiden | Newton
PHOTO ID is required for this election. More information.
You may use your unexpired NC Driver's License, DMV issued State ID or non-driver ID, US Passport, US Military or veterans ID card, or NC Voter Photo ID.
Note: A voter 65 or older may use an expired form of acceptable ID if the ID was unexpired on their 65th birthday.
|2023 Election Calendar||2023 Offices up for Election|
Request via Online Portal Preferred Method - link to the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Portal. This is the fastest way to request a mail-in-ballot.
The mail-in Absentee Request form for the 2023 Municipal Elections is available now. 2023 Printable Request Form
A copy of a valid Photo ID will be required when returning ballot. Specific information will be sent with absentee ballot. For more information on Photo ID requirements, visit the State Board of Elections Website.
One-Stop Early Voting | Oct 19-Nov 4
- Newton Library - 115 West 'C' St, Newton 28658
- Highland Recreation Center - 1451 8th St Dr, NE, Hickory 28601
HOURS OF OPERATION:
- First Day of early voting: Thursday, October 19, 2023
- Weekdays only: Oct 19 - Nov 3 | 8am to 5pm
- Final Day of early voting: Saturday, November 4 | 8am to 3pm (this is the only day One-Stop is open on the weekends)
Election Day | Nov 7
29 polling locations - by law, you are required to vote at your assigned polling location based on your residence address--note that this may not be where you voted last time. Search here for your Election Day polling location.
- Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | 6:30am - 7:30pm
*Voters being transferred to polling locations different than their precinct's normal polling site will receive a letter in the mail indicating this temporary municipal election transfer.
|Voter's Precinct||Municipalities||Polling Location|
|Brookford Town Hall|
1700 S Center St, Hickory
|Catawba Baptist Church|
102 1st St SW, Catawba
|Claremont First Baptist Church|
4791 S Depot St, Claremont
|Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church|
439 7th St Pl SW, Conover
|10-East Newton||Newton Recreation Center|
23 S Brady Ave, Newton
|11-College Park||St. Andrews's Lutheran Church|
629 8th St NE, Newton
|12-Kenworth||Christ Lutheran Church|
324 2nd Ave SE, Hickory
|13-Greenmont||Westmont Senior Citizens Center|
1316 Main Ave Dr NW, Hickory
|14-Oakwood||Holy Trinity Lutheran Church|
547 6th St NW, Hickory
735 3rd St SW, Hickory
|Highland Recreation Center|
1451 8th St Dr NE, Hickory
|17-Long View N||Bethel Methodist Church|
80 28th St NW, Hickory
|19-Long View S||Christ United Baptist Church|
1131 33rd St SW, Hickory
|Maiden Community Center|
207 E Klutz St, Maiden
|22-Mount Olive||Mt. Olive Lutheran Church|
2103 Mt. Olive Church Rd, Newton
|25-North Newton||Abernethy Memorial UMC|
111 W 13th St, Newton
2010 Clement Blvd NW, Hickory
|28-St Stephens 1||Christ Church - Northside|
2350 Springs Rd NE, Hickory
|29-St Stephens 2||St. Luke's Lutheran Church|
3916 Springs Rd, Conover
|30-Sandy Ridge||St. Stephen's Lutheran ELCA|
2259 12th Ave NE, Hickory
|32-South Newton||Grace Reformed United Church|
117 East 'J' St, Newton
|St. Paul's Reformed Church|
3562 Startown Rd, Newton
|New Jerusalem Luthern Church|
2120 Startown Rd, Hickory
|36-Viewmont 1||St. Luke's UMC|
52 16th Ave NW, Hickory
|37-Viewmont 2||Mt. Olive Lutheran Church|
2780 N Cener St, Hickory
|38-Falling Creek||Lakeview Baptist Church|
4080 N Center St, Hickory
|39-Northwest||Neill Clark Recreation Center|
3404 6th St Dr NW, Hickory
|Catawba County Main Library|
115 West 'C' St, Newton
All dates and times are subject to change
|2024 Election Calendar||2024 Offices up for Election|
Partisan Candidate Filing
- Filing Begins - noon, December 4, 2023
- Filing Ends - noon, December 15, 2023
PARTY AFFILIATION DEADLINE
Sep 16, 2023 is the last day a candidate for the 2024 elections may change their party affiliation.
Note: All 3 school boards in Catawba County are partisan (as of 6/8/2023) and begin filing December 4th. Session Law 2023-32
- One-Stop: Thursday, Feb 15, 2024 - 3pm, Saturday, March 2, 2024
- Primary Election Day: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 (6:30am - 7:30pm)
Second Primary (if needed)
|Runoff WITHOUT Federal Race||Runoff WITH Federal Race|
Non-Partisan Soil & Water Filing
- Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Filing Begins - noon, June 10, 2024
- Filing Ends: noon, July 5, 2024
- One-Stop: Thursday, October 17, 2024 - 3pm, Saturday, November 2, 2024
- Election Day: Tuesday, November 5, 2024
All dates and times are subject to change
February 23, 2022 - NC Supreme Court approved NC House and Senate Maps and approved an interim US Congressional Map.
Catawba County - 10th US Congressional District
(Click for Full PDF map)
Catawba County - 45th NC Senate District
(Click for Full PDF map)
Catawba County - NC House 89th & 96th Districts
(Click for Full PDF map)
|Maps updated 2-23-2022|
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
Current Status: Photo ID Required for Voting.
The General Assembly of North Carolina passed Senate Bill 315 in August of 2011 that permits campaign signs in the right-of-way. Signs are permitted during the period beginning on the 30th day before the beginning date of "one-stop" early voting and ending the 10th day after the primary or election day.
Note: a city ordinance may prohibit or regulate placement of political signs on streets within the corporate limits.
2023 Municipal Elections: First day in which signs may be placed in right-of-way is September 19th (One-Stop begins October 19th)
Signs must be placed in accordance with the following -- per NCGS §136-32(d):
- No sign shall be permitted in the right-of-way of a fully controlled access highway.
- No sign shall be closer than three feet from the edge of the pavement of the road.
- No sign shall obscure motorist visibility at an intersection.
- No sign shall be higher than 42 inches above the edge of the pavement of the road.
- No sign shall be larger than 864 square inches.
- No sign shall obscure or replace another sign.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has the authority to remove any signs that violate these rules. If anyone else removes or vandalizes a sign, they could be subject to a Class 3 misdemeanor citation from law enforcement.
NC DOT Contact Information - Please direct all complaints to the local NCDOT County Maintenance Office. NCDOT's maintenance field employees assist in removing signs that are illegally placed within the state highway right-of-way. Citizens who do not want to use the online portal can call the main NCDOT number at 1-877-368-4968 (1-877-DOT-4YOU).
Uniformed and Overseas Citizens
FVAP.gov | Voting assistance for Service members, their families and overseas citizens
- Military and Overseas voters wishing to vote must submit a new application each calendar year
- For more information, visit FVAP.gov or call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683) Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm EST
Nov 2023 Municipal Elections UOCVA Election Notice - The list of candidates is complete