Register to Vote

Eligibility to Vote

To register to vote in North Carolina, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen either by birth or naturalization.
  2. Be a Rowan County resident 30 days prior to the next Election Day.
  3. Be 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 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. Not be serving a felony sentence, including any period of probation, post-release supervision, or parole.
Voter Registration Look-Up

You do not need to re-register to vote before each election. You can check to see if you are registered by clicking the "Am I Registered to Vote" button or by calling the Rowan County Board of Elections at 704-216-8140.

Register to Vote Online

Click on the DMV icon below to access the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) online registration portal.

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Register Using Printable Registration Forms

The icons below access fillable .pdf forms that can be completed, printed and submitted to the Board of Elections to register to vote. 

NC English Voter Registration Form
NC Spanish Voter Registration Form

Registration applications are also available at the Rowan County Board of Elections office, local libraries, high schools, and public assistance offices. Some examples of public assistance offices includes Department of Social Services (DSS), Employment Security Commission, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Additional Registration Information

Use the following links to learn more about specific voter registrations:

Preregistering to Vote When You are 16 or 17 years old

Registering as a College Student

Registering as a Person in the Criminal Justice System

Hosting a Voter Registration Drive

Voter Application Deadline

To be eligible to vote on Election Day, 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 you move but are still in Rowan County, update your address on a NC Voter Registration form and submit it to the Board of Elections office or complete voter registration form at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) when you go to update your driver's license or online through the DMV portal.
  • If you move to another county or state, complete a new voter application in the county or state where you now reside and cancel your registration with Rowan County by submitting a Voter Registration Cancellation form to the Board of Elections office.

Canceling Your Voter Registration 

If you no longer reside in Rowan County or wish to be removed from the voter roll you can cancel your registration by completing the Voter Cancellation Form and submitting it to the Board of Elections office.

Reporting a Deceased Voter

If you are an immediate family member of a deceased loved one you can remove them from the voter roll by submitting a completed Deceased Voter Form to the Board of Elections office.

Voter Cancellation Form
Deceased Voter Form