Register to Vote

Deadline:  Friday, October 9, 2020

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is the best source of information for registering to vote. The information below is summarised from their voter registration resources page.

In North Carolina, voters must register to vote in the county of their residence. Registrations do not transfer between counties, so if you move, you must re-register. The deadline for voting on election day is Friday, October 9th, 2020. If you miss the deadline, you will need to register and vote at early voting - click here for more info.

Think you're registered?  Check your existing voter registration - make sure your address is correct!

Not registered at your current address? If you have a North Carolina Driver's License or DMV-issued ID card, you can register to vote ONLINE. You can update an existing registration or register new for the first time in most cases.

If you need to change the name on your current registration, or if you do not have a NC Driver's License or photo ID, you can register to vote using a paper form.  Fill out the linked form, print, sign, and deliver it to your county board of elections.

  • In Durham, mail the form to:
    Durham County Board of Elections
    P.O. Box 868
    Durham, NC  27702

  • or hand-deliver the form to
    Durham County Board of Elections
    201 North Roxboro Street (in downtown Durham). 

  • If you live outside of Durham County, return the form to your own county's board of elections. You can find the physical and mailing address here.


  • Preregistration: 16 and 17-year-olds can pre-register to vote.

  • College students: You can register to vote at your college address or your home address. Find out more from the State Board of Elections or  

  • Misdemeanants and ex-felons: YOU CAN VOTE!

    • When you are convicted of a misdemeanor in North Carolina, you DO NOT lose your right to vote, even if you are incarcerated.​ If you will be incarcerated on election day, you can vote by absentee ballot! Find out more from the State Board of Elections.  

    • When you are convicted of a felony in North Carolina, you lose the right to vote and are removed from the voter roll.  Once you have completed your felony sentence (including probation, parole, or post-release supervision) or have been pardoned, you are again eligible to register and vote. No additional documentation is needed. Find out more from the State Board of Elections.