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North Carolina residents may use the form, found here, to register to vote or update their name, address or party affiliation. After completion, please mail the signed form to the proper county board of elections office. Click here to find the mailing address of your County Board of Elections office.
To register, a person who meets the voting qualifications must sign and complete a voter registration application, found here.
This form is intended to provide notification of a voter’s request to cancel his or her voter registration. Upon submission of this form, the appropriate county board of elections will remove the voter from the county’s list of registered voters. Requested information will only be used to ensure that we are removing the correct voter.
The North Carolina Voter Registration Application, found here, may be used to change any voting information, including: name, address and party affiliation.
Some citizens, such as people serving in the military who are away from their permanent home on Election Day, their families, or U.S. citizens who are living abroad, have special voting rights and ways to register to vote. These people have the choice of either requesting a mail-in absentee ballot the same way as other registered voters, or they can apply to register and/or vote through special programs for military and overseas voters as described here.
This form is intended to provide notification of the death of a North Carolina registered voter to a county board of elections. Upon confirmation of the voter, the county board of elections will remove the voter from the county’s list of registered voters. This form may only be completed by a near relative or personal representative of the deceased voter’s estate.
The requirement to show a photo ID for voting and other associated laws has been struck down by a Federal court. Photo ID is not required to vote. Learn more here.
The voter lookup tool, located here, will allow you to check your voter registration information, see a sample ballot, or check the status of your absentee by mail ballot.
Find the answers to your voter registration questions here.

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Voter ID Requirements in North Carolina

On July 29, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down photo ID requirements and associated laws in North Carolina (S.L. 2013-381, as amended by S.L. 2015-103).  The state is considering its options.  Barring a different outcome on appeal, photo ID will not be required in the upcoming general election.  Further details will be posted as they become available. 

There are certain voters who are required to show some form of identification when they present to vote – either “in person” or when voting “by mail.” First-time voters who at the time of their initial voter registration did not provide their North Carolina driver license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number, or who provided a number that could not be validated, will be required to show identification when they vote. This identification does not have to be a photo ID. The requirement for first-time voters to show identification is a requirement of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, a federal law not unique to North Carolina. Acceptable forms of HAVA ID include:

  • A current and valid photo identification; or
  • A copy of one of the following documents that show the name and address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

First-time voters who are required to show HAVA ID will have been notified of this requirement by their county board of elections. If these voters do not bring an acceptable form of identification when they present to vote, they will be given a provisional ballot. The voter must then submit a copy of one of the acceptable forms of HAVA ID noted above to their county board of elections before the date set for the county canvass of the election in which they voted provisionally. The instructions provided to the provisional voter will explain the exact date and time by which the HAVA ID must be submitted. If the voter fails to provide the county board of elections with acceptable HAVA ID, the voter’s provisional ballot will not be counted.