Register to Vote

Eligibility to Vote

Registering to vote is a fairly simple process. 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 as of the date of the next November Election. 
    • A prospective voter can submit a registration form up to two years before his/her 18th birthday, if and only if he/she will be 18 at the time of the next general election. 17 year-olds may vote in a primary election if they will be 18 at the time of the general election.
  4. You are not serving a sentence for a felony conviction, including probation, parole, or post-release supervision.
    • Note: By order of the court, you may now register and vote if you are serving an extended term of probation, post-release supervision, or parole, you have outstanding fines, fees, or restitution, and you do not know of another reason that your probation, post-release supervision, or parole was extended.
    • Once you have completed a felony sentence, including any probation, parole, or post-release supervision, or received a pardon, you are eligible to register and vote. No additional documentation is needed.
    • If you have been discharged from probation, you are eligible to register and vote, even if you still owe money or have a civil lien.

You do not need to re-register to vote before each election. This is a popular misconception. If you are unsure of the status of your voter registration you can check online at Voter Search (ncsbe.gov) or call the Rowan County Board of Elections office at 704-216-8140.

Residence Changes

Another misconception is  voter registration is transferable 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 on a voter registration form and submit it to 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 where you moved. 

Accessing the Application to Register to Vote

There are several ways to access the application to register to vote:

Registration applications are also available at local libraries, high schools and other social services offices, for example: 

  • Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
  • Division of Motor Vehicles
  • Employment Security Commission
  • Food Stamps, Medicaid
  • Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Services for the Blind
  • Variety of disability service agencies
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Voter Application Deadline

To be eligible to vote on Election Day in an upcoming election, a completed voter application must be postmarked or delivered to the Board of Elections twenty-five (25) days before the election. Voters who miss the deadline can still register and vote at One-Stop Early Voting.