Register to Vote
Eligibility 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:
- You have been a Rowan County resident for 30 days prior to an election.
- You are a U.S. Citizen either by birth or naturalization.
- You are 18 years of age or will be 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.
- 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.
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. 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.
Another misconception is that 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 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.
Getting an Application to Register to Vote
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.
- View the North Carolina English Voter Registration (PDF) and complete the form and either bring it to our office or mail it to our office.
- While conducting business at the DMV.
You can also obtain a registration form/application in 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 in an upcoming election, a completed voter application must be postmarked or delivered to the Board of Elections no later than the 25 days before the election.