Hosting Voter Registration Drives
Organizing a Drive
The decision to conduct a voter registration drive is an important one. Voter registration is fundamental to elections and the democratic process. While helping people register to vote is vital, organizers must follow North Carolina law.
Any individual, group, or organization that desires to conduct a voter registration drive may do so. No special training is required. Organizers and participants should carefully follow the Voter Registration Drive Information Chart of requirements and dos and don’ts.
Want to request registration forms? Visit our form to request applications for a voter registration drive.
- If you plan to conduct a voter registration drive, please complete a Voter Registration Drive Supplies Request Form.
- County boards of elections are able to provide voter registration supplies to drive organizers in limited quantities (less than 1,000 blank forms). Drive organizers who desire a larger quantity should request the forms directly from the State Board of Elections.
- Maintain a log of staff/volunteers to track the assignment and collection of registration forms. Logs should contain name and contact information to include telephone and email address.
* Violations of N.C.G.S. §163-82.6(a) and (b) shall be a class 2 misdemeanor and subject to a fine and imprisonment.
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)
- A voter may receive assistance upon request, but the voter must sign or make their mark.
- Do not coerce a person into marking a party affiliation other than what the voter desires.
- Do not offer a person a voter registration form that has been pre-marked, unless the voter has requested the pre-marking.
- Do not compensate or be compensated for the number of registration forms collected/submitted. Quota systems in voter registration drives are illegal and subject to a class 2 misdemeanor under N.C.G.S. § 163-274(15).
- Do not tell voters they must re-register to vote. Refer them to their county board of elections if they have questions about eligibility.
- Do not sell or attempt to sell a completed voter registration form or condition its delivery upon payment.
- Do not alter, add notes or complete any section of the form for a voter. Incomplete forms should be given to the county board of elections as is.
*Violations of N.C.G.S. § 163-82.6(d) and §163-274(16) shall be guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor and subject to a fine and imprisonment.
- All voter registration forms—complete and incomplete—must be sent to the county board of elections in which the voter resides. Please also return unused forms if they are no longer needed to the county board of elections office or the State Board of Elections.
- Submit completed voter registration forms within 5 business days of receipt but no later than the 25th day before an election.
- Do not keep or store completed or partially completed voter registration forms that contain Personal Identifiable Information (PII) unless you are an election official or this information is fully redacted under N.C.G.S. § 163-274(16). This information includes:
- Registrant’s signature
- Partial or full Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Driver’s license number
- Identity of the public agency which the registrant registered (N.C.G.S. § 163-82.20)
If unable to determine the county board of elections, forms may be mailed to or dropped off at the State Board of Elections.
Mailing address:NC State Board of Elections
P.O. Box 27255
Raleigh, NC 27611
Physical address:Dobbs Building 430 N. Salisbury St., 3rd Floor 6400 MSC Raleigh, NC 27603
Any applicant who submits a voter registration application at a voter registration drive and does not receive a voter registration card in the mail within two weeks of submission, should notify their county board of elections or the State Board of Elections immediately.