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Election 2016: A County-by-County Guide for Western North Carolina

With the recent news about North Carolina’s voter ID laws and the fact we’re in the middle of an election cycle, I thought it might be a good idea to compile a county-by-county list of information about voting, voter registration, poll locations, and so on. I made this list specifically for Western North Carolina since it’s where I live. Depending on who you ask or which map you look at, some counties may or may not be considered a part of Western North Carolina. Because of that, I wanted to err on the side of caution and include more counties instead of less. Please get involved, share this post or the list with as many people as you can. A lot of focus is placed on the Presidential election, but I cannot stress how important state and local elections are.

Below, you’ll find the counties in alphabetical order with links to each county’s main board of elections website, along with links which should help you register to vote, find your polling locations, and download/print absentee ballot forms. Some counties provided additional information that may be helpful, so I’ve included those links if the website had them. Other county websites, however, are poorly maintained, and because of that, some information was missing and so the links I’ve provided will direct you to the State’s Board of Elections site (http://www.ncsbe.gov/) for help.

An important note before the list: as I mentioned, North Carolina’s voter ID laws have been in the news recently after a court ruling. Some of the county websites mention requiring photo ID when you vote, but for now, that is no longer a requirement (plus a few other things, also listed below). I’ll copy and paste the notice that’s been released by the State:

On July 29, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down photo ID requirements and other elections procedures enacted under S.L. 2013-381 and amended by S.L. 2015-103. Barring any alternative outcome on appeal, the following are no longer enforceable:

  • Photo ID requirement contained in Part 2 of Session Law 2013-381, as amended by Session Law 2015-103;
  • Removal of preregistration contained in Part 12 of Session Law 2013-381;
  • Elimination of same-day registration contained in Part 16 of Session Law 2013-381;
  • Changes to early voting contained in Part 25 of Session Law 2013-381; and
  • Elimination of out-of-precinct voting contained in Part 49 of Session Law 2013-381.

If there are any errors, something else that should be added, or if you need help, feel free to comment or send me a message. Apologies for the wordiness, but here’s the list!

A Misdemeanant & Ex-Felon’s Guide to Voting in North Carolina: http://www.doc.state.nc.us/rap/ACLU_NC_Voting_Rts_brochure_for_ex_offenders.pdf

Alexander County

Board of Elections: http://alexandercountync.gov/departments/board-of-elections/
Register to vote: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Precincts and polling locations: http://alexandercountync.gov/departments/board-of-elections/voting-precincts/
Absentee ballot request form: http://alexandercountync.gov/pdf/board-of-elections/absentee_ballot_request_form.pdf

Alleghany County

Board of Elections: http://www.alleghanycounty-nc.gov/elections.php
Register to vote: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Precincts and polling locations: http://imagingspecialists.biz/elections/polling-locations/
Absentee ballot request form: http://ncsbe.azurewebsites.net/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Ashe County

Board of Elections: http://www.ashecountygov.com/departments/board-of-elections
Polling locations: http://www.ashecountygov.com/departments/board-of-elections/polling-places
Precinct map: http://www.ashecountygov.com/departments/board-of-elections/precinct-map
Absentee ballot request form: http://files.www.ashecountygov.com/departments/board-of-elections/Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form_201311_CBE.pdf

Avery County

Board of Elections: http://www.averycountync.gov/departments/board_elections_office.php
Register to vote: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://ncsbe.azurewebsites.net/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Buncombe County

Board of Elections: https://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/election/
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Polling locations and precinct maps: https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/election/election-maps.aspx
Absentee ballot request form: https://www.buncombecounty.org/common/election/Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form_cbe.pdf
FAQs: https://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/Election/faqs.aspx

Burke County

Board of Elections: http://www.burkenc.org/departments/board-of-elections
Register to vote: http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published%20Documents/Departments/Board%20of%20Elections/Forms/NCVoterRegForm-Burke.pdf
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Caldwell County

Board of Elections: http://www.caldwellcountync.org/elections
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Catawba County

Board of Elections: http://www.catawbacountync.gov/elections/
Register to vote: http://www.catawbacountync.gov/Elections/votereg.asp
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.catawbacountync.gov/elections/_docs/AbsenteeBallotRequest.pdf
FAQs: http://www.catawbacountync.gov/elections/faq.asp

Cleveland County

Board of Elections: http://www.clevelandcounty.com/ccboe/
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Precincts and polling locations: http://www.clevelandcounty.com/ccboe/documents/precinct_polling_addresses.pdf
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Cherokee County

Board of Elections: http://www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=62
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Clay County

Board of Elections: http://www.claycountyboardofelections.com/index.htm
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Precincts and polling locations: http://www.claycountyboardofelections.com/precincts.htm
One-stop voting: http://www.claycountyboardofelections.com/one-stopvoting.htm
Absentee by mail voting: http://www.claycountyboardofelections.com/absenteevoting.htm
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Graham County

Board of Elections: http://www.grahamcounty.org/grahamcounty_departments_elections.aspx
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Haywood County

Board of Elections: http://www.haywoodnc.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=165
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Precincts and polling locations: http://www.haywoodnc.net/downloads/elections/2014docs/precincts2014.pdf
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Henderson County

Board of Elections: http://www.hendersoncountync.org/elections/
Register to vote: http://www.hendersoncountync.org/elections/registration.html
Precinct map: http://www.hendersoncountync.org/elections/precinctmap.html
Polling locations: http://www.hendersoncountync.org/elections/pollingsites.html
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.hendersoncountync.org/elections/Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form_Henderson.pdf

Jackson County

Board of Elections: http://www.jacksonnc.org/board-of-elections.html
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Macon County

Board of Elections: http://maconnc.org/board-of-elections.html
Register to vote: http://maconnc.org/board-of-elections-registration.html
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://maconnc.org/images/Elections/Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form.pdf

Madison County

Board of Elections: http://www.madisoncountync.org/elections.php
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Precincts and polling locations: http://www.madisoncountync.org/3354/elections/Precinct_Locations.pdf
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.madisoncountync.org/3354/elections/Absentee%20Ballot%20Request%20Form.pdf

McDowell County

Board of Elections: https://mcdowellboe.wordpress.com/
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Polling locations: https://mcdowellboe.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/mcdowell-polling-places.doc
Absentee ballot request form: https://mcdowellboe.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/absentee_ballot_request_form_cbe-4.pdf

Mitchell County

Board of Elections: http://www.mitchellcounty.org/departments/elections.html
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.mitchellcounty.org/forms/Elections/Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form_cbe.pdf

Polk County

Board of Elections: http://www.polknc.org/board_of_elections_2.php#.V6oq38lvQmQ
Register to vote: http://www.polknc.org/VoterRegistrationLink.pdf
Polling locations: http://www.polknc.org/departments/board_of_elections/docs/Polling_Locations__2_.doc
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.polknc.org/docs/Elections/Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form.pdf

Rutherford County

Board of Elections: http://rutherfordcountync.gov/boardofelections
Register to vote: http://rutherfordcountync.gov/boardofelections/howtoregister
Precincts and polling locations: http://rutherfordcountync.gov/boardofelections/pollingplaces
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf
FAQs: http://rutherfordcountync.gov/boardofelections/faq

Stokes County

Board of Elections: http://www.co.stokes.nc.us/vote/
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Precincts and polling locations: http://www.co.stokes.nc.us/vote/index_files/Page297.htm
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.co.stokes.nc.us/vote/absball.pdf
Absentee mail-in ballot procedures: http://www.co.stokes.nc.us/vote/absentee.pdf

Surry County

Board of Elections: http://www.co.surry.nc.us/departments/(a_through_j)/board_of_elections/index.php
Register to vote: http://www.co.surry.nc.us/departments/(a_through_j)/board_of_elections/docs/NC_Voter_Registration_Form_English_1_.pdf
Precincts and polling locations: http://www.co.surry.nc.us/departments/(a_through_j)/board_of_elections/uploads/POLLING%20LOCATIONS%20w%20addresses.pdf
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.co.surry.nc.us/departments/(a_through_j)/board_of_elections/uploads/Absentee%20Ballot%20Request%20Form%20fillable%20.pdf
Absentee mail-in ballot FAQs: http://www.co.surry.nc.us/departments/(a_through_j)/board_of_elections/uploads/ABSENTEE_BY_MAIL_website_info_10_20_2014.pdf
General FAQs: http://www.co.surry.nc.us/departments/(a_through_j)/board_of_elections/uploads/4%20frequently%20asked%20questions%20linked%202016.pdf

Swain County

Board of Elections: http://www.swaincountync.gov/elections-home.html
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Transylvania County

Board of Elections: http://www.transylvaniaelections.org/cgi-bin/Rev6/Code/DisplayPage.pl
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Precincts and polling locations (more detail): http://transylvaniaelections.org/cgi-bin/Rev6/Code/DisplayPage.pl?sid=ugzBxwSgoTSwTYAv1fP9WVvW&page=/Locations/PollingPlaces
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

Watauga County

Board of Elections: http://wataugacounty.org/App_Pages/Dept/BOE/home.aspx
Register to vote: http://wataugacounty.org/App_pages/Dept/BOE/Forms/NCVRRegFormv102013eng.pdf
Precincts and polling locations: http://wataugacounty.org/App_Pages/Dept/BOE/precincts.aspx
Absentee ballot request form: http://wataugacounty.org/App_pages/Dept/BOE/Forms/Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form.pdf

Wilkes County

Board of Elections: http://wilkescounty.net/elections/boe-meeting-schedule/
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Voter guide for Wilkes County: http://www.wilkescounty.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Voter-Guide-Brochure.pdf
2016 General Election schedule: http://wilkescounty.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016.general.election.schedule2.pdf
Precincts and polling locations: http://wilkescounty.net/elections/election-polling-locations/
Absentee ballot request form: http://wilkescounty.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form_cbe-2013.pdf
FAQs: http://wilkescounty.net/frequently-asked-questions/#elections

Yancey County

Board of Elections: http://yanceycountync.gov/board-of-elections
Register to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Information/VR-Form
Find your polling location: http://enr.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
Absentee ballot request form: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf

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