Voter information

Do you need to register to vote? Find your polling place? Know the dates of the elections? 

New Districts

register to vote


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a resident of the county, and prior to voting in an election, must have resided at his or her residential address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  • Must be at least 18 years old, or will be at the time of the next general election, or be at least 16 years old and understand that you must be at least 18 years old on Election Day of the general election in order to vote.
  • Must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole).
  • Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.

complete application

  • NC Voter Registration Application
  • Once completed, the application should be printed, signed and then mailed to the county board of elections in the county where the applicant resides.
  • If the application is complete and the person is qualified to vote, the county board of elections will mail a voter registration card to the applicant to provide notice of the registration.
  • The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the date of an election. The voter registration application must be received by the applicant’s county boards of elections by this date.
    • Craven County Board of Elections Address: 406 Craven Street, New Bern, NC 28560
    • Beaufort County Board of Elections Address: 1308 Highland Drive #104, Washington, NC 27889
  • Voter registration applications are also available at:
    • NC State Board of Elections
    • County Boards of Elections
    • Public libraries
    • Public high schools or college admissions offices.
  • Voter registration services are offered at:
    • NC Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Public Assistance Agencies 
    • Disability Services Agencies
    • Employment Security Commission

find polling places 


dates of elections


  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • In a partisan primary, voters who are affiliated with a political party may only vote the partisan ballot for the party for which they are affiliated; they are closed from voting in another party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters may vote in any one recognized party’s primary.


  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • In a General Election, voters may vote for the candidate(s) of their choice, regardless of the candidate(s)' party affiliation. There is no longer straight-party voting in North Carolina. Voters must make a separate selection for each contest separately.