Register to Vote

Eligibility to Vote

Registering to vote is a 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. If you are unsure of the status of your voter registration you can check online at Voter Search ( or call the Rowan County Board of Elections office at 704-216-8140.

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 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.

Residence Changes

Voter registration is not transferable from county to county or from state to state. If you move you must do one of the following:

  • If your residence changes within the county (you moved but stayed in Rowan County), you need to update your address on a North Carolina English Voter Registration (PDF) form and submit it to our office or complete the voter registration form at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) in-person when you go to update your driver's license or online through the DMV portal on the DMV website .
  • 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. You should also cancel your registration with Rowan County by submitting a Voter Registration Cancellation form to our office by mail or email the completed form to