National Voter Registration Act

As part of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, the agency with which you are conducting business is required by federal law to offer voter registration services to its clients. Applying to register or declining to register to vote will in no way affect the assistance that you will be provided by that agency.

If you would like assistance in filling out the voter registration application form or have questions regarding voter registration, explore the North Carolina State Board of Election's website or call toll free at 1-866-522-4723.

If you believe that someone has interfered with your right to register to vote, or your right to choose your own political party or other political preference, you may file a complaint with the North Carolina State Board of Elections:

P.O. Box 27255
Raleigh, NC 27611-7255

Qualifications to Vote in North Carolina

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To register and vote in North Carolina, a person must meet specific qualifications.  If you choose to register to vote you must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States.
  2. Be a resident of the county in which you are registering, and have lived at that actual address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  3. Be at least 18 years old or older by the date of the next general election.
  4. Not be serving any part of a sentence for a felony conviction, including probation or parole. If previously convicted of a felony, citizenship and voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of the sentence. No special documentation is required.
  5. Cancel any previous registration in any other county or state.

All applications for registration must be received by your local County Board of Elections no later than the 25 days prior to any election for which you wish to vote.

Prospective voters between 16 and 17 years of age who meet the other qualifications listed above may pre-register to vote. To preregister, the person must indicate on the voter registration application that he or she is at least 16 years of age and that he or she understands that they must be 18 years of age on or before election day to vote. The preregistered voter shall then be automatically registered upon his or her 18th birthday.

1. COMPLETE a voter registration form. (NC English Form) 2. PRINT the form. 3. SIGN the form (ink to paper). Electronic signatures are not acceptable. 4. MAIL the form to your county board of elections.

No information obtained relating to you registering or declining to register to vote, at an NVRA agency, may be used for any purpose other than voter registration.

Updated 1/30/15