Am I registered? Is my information correct? Where can I see my sample ballot?
Use the State BOE's voter lookup utility to check your voter registration information, your voter history, and see your sample ballot (when available).
Where do I get a registration form?
Download this form to register to vote in Catawba County and to change your name, address, or party affiliation.
If you wish to pick up a form, or you don't have a printer, registration forms are available at all libraries and in the BOE office. You may also register when you obtain or renew your NC Drivers License, permit, or DMV non-operators ID.
Mail form to: Catawba BOE, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658
Forms must be postmarked on or before 25 days before an election. If recieved after that deadline, your registration or update will be processed after the election. If you are a new voter and missed this deadline, your only option to be able to vote is by registering and voting at the same time at a One-Stop Early Voting site. You cannot vote election day or by mail if you missed the 25-day deadline.
Do I have to provide my NCDL# and SS#?
If you are a new voter in the county and you do not provide your NC Drivers License number or the last 4 digits of your social on the registraion form, you will be asked to provide Proof of Residency the first time you vote.
Proof or Residency - a current and valid photo ID (driver's licnese, permit, passport, etc); or a copy of one of the following documents that shows the name and address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.
Who should use the voter registration form?
- Voters wishing to change their information (such as name, address, mailing address, party affiliation)
- New Voters
- 16- and 17-year olds wishing to pre-register
Updating Registration Information
1. Update at the Polls when you vote Election Day or at One-Stop early voting
If you are a currently registered voter within the county, you may update the following information at the polls: name, physical address*, mailing address, phone number.
During One-Stop Early Voting, you may make a change to your name, physical address (to one within the county), mailing address, or phone number
If, on Election Day, the updated address places you in a different precinct, you will be required to go to that precinct in order to cast your ballot in the tabulator. If you do not go to the correct precinct, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot (your ballot is sealed in an envelope and, if your information change is valid, your votes will be added to the vote count at Canvass). Your assigned precinct is based on where you resided 30 days before the election.
*Note: If you have moved less than 30 days before the eleciton, vote using your old address and send an updated voter registration to the Election Office after the current election is over.
NC Law does not allow you to change your party affiliation at the polls.
2. Send a Voter Registration/Update Form to the Elections Office
You may update your name, address, mailing address, phone number, party affiliation, etc. by sending
Registration forms are accepted in person or by mail at the Board of Elections office up until Registration Books close (25 days before an election). After that deadline, no changes may be made to voter's records by the Board of Elections office until after the election is over.
For name and address changes, you may mail, fax, email, or deliver in person to the BOE office.
New registrations and party affiliation changes require sending in an original, signed Voter Registration Form to the BOE office before the close of books (25 days before the election)--this cannot be a fax or email.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
To register to vote in North Carolina, a person must meet the following qualifications:
- 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. 16- and 17-year-olds may pre-register by submitting a completed registration form. (Note: A 17-year-old may vote in a Primary if they will be 18 on or before 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 required to be shown; however, you must re-register after your voting rights have been restored.
- Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.
The Registration Books close 25 days before an election. If the registration form is not received (or postmarked) by the deadline, you may not vote on election day. No party changes can be made after books close.
However, you may still register and vote at One-Stop Early Voting.
If you fail to register by 25 days before the election (when the books close), you may still register and vote at a One-Stop early voting location. As a new registrant, you will be required to show proof of residency when you register and vote at a one-stop.
Note: if you are previously registered in the county, you may NOT change your party affiliation after books close.
No, only the voter may sign his or her voter registration application. You are not permitted to sign the form for your spouse, child, or parent—not even if you have power of attorney for the person.
Voter signatures are clipped and become part of the voter's permanent record. If the voter cannot sign their name, the law does allow the voter to "make a mark" as an acceptable signature.
Yes. North Carolina currently recognizes the following political parties: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green and Constitution. If you are registered as “Unaffiliated” you may choose a Democratic, Republican, or Libertarian ballot to vote during a partisan primary. Currently, the Green and Constitution parties do not allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their primaries. Your party affiliation has no bearing on General or Municipal elections, only during Partisan Primaries (and their runoffs) does it come into play.
Note: If there is a Primary runoff, you may only vote the same party’s ballot you chose in the first election. If you did not vote in the first primary, you may choose from the available parties during the runoff.
Your legal voting residence is your place of permanent domicile.
NCGS § 163A-842(1) - That place shall be considered the residence of a person in which that person's habitation is fixed, and to which, whenever that person is absent, that person has the intention of returning.
You cannot use your work address (unless you live there).
College students may register and vote in the county where they are attending college (in most situations, the college student could also opt to register or remain registered at the address where they lived previous to moving away for college, and could choose to vote absentee). If a student registers at his or her school address, that registration cancels any previous registration in another county.
NCGS§ 163A-842(12) So long as a student intends to make the student's home in the community where the student is physically present for the purpose of attending school while the student is attending school and has no intent to return to the student's former home after graduation, the student may claim the college community as the student's domicile. The student need not also intend to stay in the college community beyond graduation in order to establish domicile there.
Citizens who are homeless may register and vote.
In the event that a person's residence is not a traditional residence associated with real property, then the location of the usual sleeping area for that person shall be controlling as to the residency of that person. Residence shall be broadly construed to provide all persons with the opportunity to register and to vote, including stating a mailing address different from residence address. Voter registration forms provide a space for an applicant to visually map where they usually sleep.
You may continue to vote in your usual North Carolina county if you only temporarily relocate.
A person shall not be considered to have lost that person's residence if that person leaves home and goes into another state, county, municipality, precinct, ward, or other election district of North Carolina, for temporary purposes only, with the intention of returning.
16 and 17 year-olds may pre-register to vote. They will automatically become full registered voters as soon as they turn 18. The same NC voter registration form is used for pre-registration.
17 year-olds will be eligible to vote during Primary elections if they will turn 18 on or before the General election. If pre-registered, they will become active voters before the Primary election.
NC Law on voter residency: NCGS § 163A-842