Almost 200,000 Buncombe County residents are already registered to vote in the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, May 8. Will your voice be heard? This primary election will feature candidates at the local, state, and federal levels; so make sure you help decide who will create policies that affect your day-to-day life.
First things first: Do you know if you’re registered to vote? You can find out through North Carolina’s Board of Elections voter search tool.
If you aren’t registered, to be eligible to vote you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be at least 18 years old, or turn 18 by the time of the general election.
- Be a resident of North Carolina, Buncombe County, and your precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election.
- Rescind any previous registration in another county or state.
- Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction, including probation or parole. If you have previously completed a sentence for a felony conviction you will need to have your citizen rights restored in order to register to vote. You can find information about that process here.
If you meet the above qualifications you can use same-day registration at early voting sites across Buncombe County for the duration of early voting from April 19-May 5. You will need to provide proof of eligibility and residence by providing one of the following with your current name and address:
- North Carolina driver’s license.
- Government issued photo ID.
- Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing your name.
- Current college or university photo ID along with proof of campus residency.
For more information about registering to vote visit the Buncombe County Election Services website or call (828) 250-4200.