HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE
Registering to vote is a fairly simple process when compared to years past. Currently, you are eligible to vote as long as you can answer yes to the following statements:
1: You have been a Rowan County resident for 30 days prior to an election.
2: You are a U. S. Citizen either by birth or naturalization.
3: You are 18 years of age or will be the date of the next November Election.
4: If you have been convicted of a felony, you have completed all parts of your sentence for the felony conviction or have been pardoned. If you can answer yes to all of these statements, you can register to vote. If you register to vote using false information you can be convicted of a Class I felony.
Length of voter registration is a popular misconception. Some people think that they must re-register to vote before each election. This is not the case. As long as you are an active voter in Rowan County and your address has not changed, there is no need to re-register before every election. If you are unsure of the status of your voter registration you can simply call our office at 704-216-8140 and ask someone to check the status of your registration.
If you move to another county or state. Another misconception is that voter registration is transferrable from county to county or from county to another state. If your residence changes within the county (you moved but stayed in Rowan County) you simply need to update your address with our office. However, if you move to another county or state, you will need to complete a new voter application in the county or state that you moved to. You will need to be sure and complete the previous address information on your new application. This will help in the process of removing your registration from the Rowan County voter registration books. It is unlawful to knowingly register and vote in more than one location.
There are several ways that you can get an application to register to vote. They are as follows:
- By calling our office at 704-216-8140 and requesting that an application be mailed to you. You can complete the application and mail it back to our office.
- By finding the Forms link on this website. Print out the application, complete it and either bring it to our office or mail it to our office.
- While conducting business at the Driver's License Bureau (DMV).
You can also obtain a registration form/application in local libraries, high schools and other social services offices, for example: Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Food Stamps, Medicaid, Services for the Blind, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities, Employment Security Commission, Division of Motor Vehicles and a variety of disability service agencies.
To be eligibile to vote in an upcoming election, a completed voter application must be postmarked or delivered to the Board of Elections no later than the 25th day before the election.
HOW TO REGISTER AND VOTE AT A ONE-STOP ABSENTEE SITE
A new law was passed in 2007 allowing a North Carolina resident who is qualified to vote but who misses the 25-day deadline for voter registration to register and vote at a One-Stop Site during the One-Stop Absentee Voting period. The One-Stop Voting period extends from 19 to 3 days before Election Day.
The process is sometimes referred to as “Same-Day Registration,” but it is important to recognize that it is not permitted on Election Day itself. Same-Day Registration during the One-Stop Voting period is also not allowed during a 2nd Primary.
To use this process, a citizen must (1) go to a One-Stop Voting Site in the county of residence during the One Stop Absentee Voting period, (2) fill out a voter registration application, and (3) provide proof of residency by showing the elections official an appropriate form of identification with the citizen’s current name and current address. The new registrant may vote ONLY at a One-Stop Absentee Voting Site in the county of registration during One-Stop Absentee Voting period and not on Election Day.
Acceptable forms of identification include:
- A North Carolina driver’s license with current address
- A utility bill with name and current address
- A telephone or mobile phone bill
- An electric or gas bill
- A cable television bill
- A water or sewage bill
- A document with name and current address from a local, state, or U.S. government agency, such as:
- A passport
- A government-issued photo ID
- U.S. military ID
- A license to hunt, fish, own a gun, etc.
- A property or other tax bill
- Automotive or vehicle registration
- Certified documentation of naturalization
- A public housing or Social Service Agency document
- A check, invoice, or letter from a government agency
- A birth certificate
- A student photo ID along with a document from the school showing the student’s name and current address
- A paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
- A bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement
If you cannot supply an acceptable form of identification for Proof-of-Residence, your registration application cannot be fully processed until the required information is provided.
Registered voters may also update their address and change vital information in an existing registration record at the One Stop Site, but they are not allowed to change their party affiliation during the One Stop Voting period that precedes a partisan primary.
If you have a question regarding any of the information on our website, please call our office at 704-216-8140.