Voter Information

As you know, there have been significant changes in North Carolina's voting laws.  Here's a helpful summary of the Omnibus Voter Suppression Bill prepared by Democracy North Carolina, with effective dates of the various provisions. The effective date for most sections was January 1, 2014, and the Voter ID section is January 1, 2016.  For additional information regarding voter ID requirements, click here and here.  You also can visit the State Board of Elections website, available here, and the New Hanover County Board of Elections website, available here

Note that the new voting law changes also involve absentee ballots.  Click here to access the State Absentee Ballot Request Form that is on the Board of Election's website.  One does not need a picture ID to vote by mail, but you must enter your N.C. Drivers licence no., or the last four digits of your SSN. This and other stipulations are clearly spelled out.

Additional information on registering to vote and voting in New Hanover County is available below.

Registration closes 25 days before an election.  But there is no need to wait! Register as a Democrat today!

 


You can register to vote and vote in elections in New Hanover County if:

  • A citizen of the United States.

  • A resident of North Carolina and New Hanover County for 30 days prior to an election.

  • At least 18 years of age by the date of the next general election.

  • Not registered to vote in any other county or state.

  • Not a convicted felon. If you are, your citizenship rights must be restored.

  • Timely in registering at least 25 calendar days before an election.

All new registrations must be on an application form which is also available en espanol. You can go to the Board of Elections website and print a registration form. Click on "Voter Registration", "Register to Vote". Then, select "Voter Registration Application." Print, fill out, and sign the form. Mail or drop off at:

Board of Elections
Suite 38
230 Government Center Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403

If you have any questions, please call the Board of Elections at 910-798-7330.

You may also pick up an application form from one of the following locations located throughout New Hanover County:

 

New Hanover County

Board of Elections

230 Government Center Dr

Suite 180

Wilmington, NC 28403

910-798-7330

New Hanover County Library

Main Branch

201 Chestnut Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

910-798-6300

New Hanover County Library

Carolina Beach Branch

300 Cape Fear Boulevard

Carolina Beach, NC 28428

910-798-6385

New Hanover County Library

Myrtle Grove Branch

5155 South College Road

Wilmington, NC 28409

910-798-6391

New Hanover County Library

Northeast Branch

1241 Military Cutoff Road

Wilmington, NC 28405

910-798-6371

Department of Motor Vehicles

1 Station Road

Wilmington, NC 28405

910-350-2005

Department of Motor Vehicles

2326 Carolina Beach Road

Wilmington, NC 28412

910-251-5747

YMCA

2710 Market Street

Wilmington, NC 28403

910-251-9622

YWCA

2815 South College Road

Wilmington, NC 28409

910-799-6820

New Hanover County

Senior Resource Center

2222 South College Road

Wilmington, NC 28403

910-798-6400

Carolina Beach

Municipal Complex Building

1121 N. Lake Park Boulevard

Carolina Beach, NC 28428

910-458-2999

Kure Beach Town Hall

117 North 6th Avenue

Kure Beach, NC 28449

910-458-8944

Wilmington City Hall

Clerk's Office

102 N. 3rd Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

910-341-7816

Wrightsville Beach Town Hall

321 Causeway Drive

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

910-256-7900

N.C. License Plate Agency

2326 Carolina Beach Road

Wilmington, NC 28412

910-763-6752

Southeastern Mental Health

2023 S. 17th Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

910-332-6633

Services for the Blind

3240 Burnt Mill

Suite 7

Wilmington, NC 28403

910-251-5743

Employment Security Commission

717 Market Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

910-251-5777

 

Completed forms should be signed and either mailed to or dropped off at:

New Hanover County Board of Elections
Suite 38
230 Government Center Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Upon receipt of your application, it will be processed by the Board of Elections office and a voter registration card will be sent to you verifying your address. Keep this card for your records.

If you should move, you must notify the Board of Elections in writing and it must include your signature. You can use the back of your voter registration card to change your information. You will then receive an updated voter registration card which will include your new polling place.

If you are living outside of the United States and do not have a home (legal) address in this country or if you are serving in the military, you can use the Federal Post Card Application to register. This application can also be obtained from military bases, American embassies or consular offices.

First time voters who registered by mail or by voter registration drive must present valid ID prior to the act of voting on election day. However, if you provided a drivers license number or the last four digits of your social security number on your application for validiation purposes, you are not required to show ID on election day.

Forms of acceptable ID:

  1. A current and valid photo identification.

  2. A current utility bill that shows the name and address of the voter.

  3. A bank statement that shows the name and address of the voter.

  4. A government check that shows the name and address of the voter.

  5. A paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter.

  6. Another government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

Absentee Voting by Mail


Any registered voter is authorized to vote by mailing in an absentee ballot for any primary or election conducted by the Board of Elections.

 

Beginning about 50 days before the election, a signed, written request for an absentee ballot may be submitted by mail or in person to the Board of Elections by the voter or the voter's near relative(spouse, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, step-parent or step-child). Written requests must be received in the office no later than the Tuesday prior to the election.  For more information, click here.

 

You may request a mail-in absentee ballot from the New Hanover County Board of Elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last Tuesday before the election.  Your absentee ballot must be returned to the county Board of Election by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.

 

If the voter is qualified, an application and ballot will be mailed to the voter after the written request is received. 

 

If the person wishing to vote by absentee ballot by mail registered by mail after January 1, 2003 and did not provide a copy of identification for verification, then a copy of one of the following must be submitted with the absentee ballot.

  1. A current and valid photo identification.

  2. A current utility bill that shows the name and address of the voter.

  3. A bank statement that shows the name and address of the voter.

  4. A government check that shows the name and address of the voter.

  5. A paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter.

  6. Another government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

 

Mail the request and the absentee ballot to:

New Hanover County Board of Elections
Suite 38
230 Government Center Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

One Stop Absentee Voting


One stop voting begins no earlier than the third Thursday before an election and extends no later than 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday prior to election day.

 

 


Check Your Registration

If you are unsure of your registration status, polling place, or precinct, you may check that information at the New Hanover County Board of Elections website.  You are also able to check the status of your absentee or provisional ballot.


If you have any questions, please call the New Hanover County Board of Elections at 910-798-7330.

 

If you would like to participate in a Registration Drive, please click on "Volunteer."