Iredell County Board of Elections
Voter Registration - General Information
Who may register to vote?
- A citizen of the United States, either
native born or naturalized;
- At least 18 years old by the date of
the next general election and
- A resident of North Carolina and your
voting precinct for 30 days by the date of the next election.
Note: Convicted felons may not register
and vote until their citizenship rights have been restored.
When to Register
North Carolina has free, permanent and
continuous registration. You need to register or re-register
- You have just moved to North Carolina;
- You have just moved from one county
You need to update your registration if:
- You have moved from one precinct to
another within the same county.
- You have changed your name; or
- You wish to change you party affiliation.
All registrations and updates must be completed
at least 25 days before an election. All transactions may
be completed in person or by mail.
How to Register
Voter registration forms (which may be
completed on-site or returned in the mail) are available
at the following places:
Note: Members of the armed forces, their
spouses, certain veterans, and civilians with the armed forces
or Peace Corps may register and vote by mail.
You may appeal to your County Board of
Elections if you are denied the right to register.
Political Party Affiliation
When you register, you will be asked to
declare your party affiliation. There are two types of voter
- Affiliation with the Democratic, Republican
or other officially recognized political party.
- Unaffiliated.: Voters must announce
at polling place- at time they give name- party choice,
if they choose to participate in primary election.
Party Primaries and 17 Year Olds
A person who is seventeen years old may
register and vote in a party primary, if she/he will be eighteen
years old by the date of the next general election. Registration
earlier than sixty days, nor later than twenty-one days prior
to the primary (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) is not permitted.
Although seventeen years olds may vote in the party primary,
they may not vote on any constitutional issues, bonds, or
referenda items on the ballot.
Types of Elections
Municipal Elections are held in odd numbered
National, state, and county elections are
held in even numbered years.
In the general election, you elect these
officials for two-year terms:
- Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Members of the N.C. House and N.C Senate
- County officials*
*these are sometimes 4-year terms
In a presidential election year, and every
four years thereafter, you also elect:
- United States President and Vice President
- N.C. Governor
- N.C Attorney General
- N.C Secretary of State
- N.C State Auditor
- N.C State Treasurer
- N.C Superintendent of Public Instruction
- N.C Commissioner of Labor
- N.C Commissioner of Insurance
- N.C Commissioner of Agriculture
One United States Senator will be elected
in 1996 and every six years thereafter; the other U.S Senator
will be elected in 1998 and every six years thereafter.