Conducting Voter Registration Drives in North Carolina

Any person, group, organization, committee, campaign, political party, employer, or any other entity may conduct a voter registration drive. There is no special license or training necessary, nor is there any requirement to register as a political action committee in order to conduct a voter registration drive.

Voter Registration Drive Responsibilities

The decision to conduct a voter registration drive is an important one. Voter registration is fundamental to elections. Assisting qualified citizens in becoming registered voters and involving them in the democratic process is a worthy cause and carries with it certain responsibilities. Voter registration drive organizers and participants must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • You must provide individuals with current, state-approved voter registration forms. These forms may be ordered from the State Board of Elections (if quantities are over 500) by filling out and signing a NC Voter Registration Supplies Order Form and faxing it to the number on the form or picked up from county boards of elections’ offices (if quantities are below 500). Drive organizers should NOT make copies of the voter registration form available on our website.
  • You must refrain from coercing, threatening, or intimidating any person engaged in the registration or voting process.
  • You must refrain from altering any information placed on the form without the permission of the person registering.
  • If assisting a person in filling out a voter registration form, you must place information on the form that accurately reflects the intent and direction of the person.
  • You should not offer a person a voter registration form that has been premarked unless the person receiving the form has requested the premarking.
  • You must refrain from giving a partially completed voter registration form to a person for registering, unless that person is made aware of the information already on the form and the person registering does not object to that information. An unaltered blank registration form must be provided to the registrant if requested.
  • You may not refuse to accept completed voter registration forms.
  • You are encouraged to submit completed voter registration forms and any accompanying documentation to the county board of elections in the county in which the applicant resides within 5 business days of receiving the forms, but certainly, no later than the 25th day before an election. Failure to do so could be punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor.
  • It is a misdemeanor for any person who is not an elections official or who is not otherwise authorized by law to retain a registrant's signature, full or partial Social Security number, date of birth, or the identity of the public agency at which the registrant registered under G.S. 163A-884, any electronic mail address submitted under Part 2 of Article 17 of this Chapter, or driver license number from any form described in G.S. 163A-862 after submission of the form to the county board of elections or elections official.

    In other words, it is unlawful for any person who is not an elections official or not otherwise authorized by law to take the above-described information from a voter's registration form and keep it in any form for any purpose. The information may not be photocopied, transcribed, recorded or transmitted to a database.

Completing Voter Registration Applications

The following fields on a voter registration form are required:

  • Citizenship and Age checkboxes
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address (need physical address and mailing address, if applicable)
  • Signature

Any voter registration forms completed by new registrants at voter registration drives or sent by mail must contain the applicant’s North Carolina driver license number or DMV-issued identification card. If none of these are provided, the registrant shall provide the last four digits of his/her social security number. If the registrant cannot supply an identification number, he/she may still register, but must be prepared to show identification at the polling place the first time he/she presents to vote.

If you realize that a registrant has not completed the voter registration form, DO NOT complete the form for them. The incomplete form should not be altered by you, but should be given to the county board of elections AS IS. The county boards of elections have procedures in place to contact the applicant to retrieve the missing information. Also, do not place sticky notes or flags on any incomplete form to alert the county board to these deficiencies. Voter registration applications are scanned into the voter registration database system prior to any data entry and these notes are simply removed by the county board staff prior to scanning.

Voter registration forms can be obtained from your local county board of elections office. Orders require the completion of a request form, which can be found here.

All forms - both complete and incomplete - that have been marked by a person must be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to the State Board of Elections.

NC State Board of Elections
P.O. Box 27255
Raleigh, NC 27611

Fax: (919) 715-0135

Email: [email protected]

We do not require unused forms to be returned. However, these forms are printed at a cost to the state. If you do have a large number of forms that you do not plan to use, please return them to your local county board of elections office or to the State Board of Elections.