Thursday, April 24, 2014   

Registering to Vote

Voting begins with registering to vote. The registration deadline is 25 days before Election Day. Do not delay. Register today!

Who Can Register To Vote

To register to vote in Brunswick County you must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States;
  2. Be a legal resident domiciled in Brunswick County and North Carolina for 30 days by the date of the next general election day;
  3. Be 18 years of age or older by next general election day;
  4. Have had citizenship rights restored, if ever convicted of a felony;
  5. Not be registered nor will vote in any other county or state.
*Individuals who will turn 18 years of age before the general election day but after the primary election voter registration deadline may register and vote in the primary; but they may not register earlier then 60 days before the primary election.” NCGS 163-59

Voter Registration Deadline

To register to vote in Brunswick County you must:

  1. Meet the voting requirements (noted above).
  2. Complete a registration application.
  3. Submit (mail or personally deliver) completed application at least 25 days before election day.

The North Carolina voter registration deadline is 25 days before Election Day.  The option to register and vote during the one-stop absentee voting period was repealed by North Carolina House Bill 589 (S.L. 2013-381).

Changes to an existing Brunswick County voter registration record should likewise be made by the 25 day voter registration deadline. Your voter registration record should be updated if you have moved within the County, your legal name has changed, or you wish to change your political party affiliation. Waiting until Election Day to make name and address changes will require extra time and paperwork. Please note: Political party changes are not permitted after the 25 day voter registration deadline. NCGS 163-82.17(a)

How to Obtain a Voter Registration Application

There are several ways to obtain a North Carolina voter registration form:

1. Online
North Carolina Registration Form

After completing and signing the voter registration form, please print and mail it to:

Brunswick County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 2
Bolivia, NC 28422

2. Department of Motor Vehicles
Individuals may register or makes changes to their existing Brunswick County voter registration record when at the DMV getting or renewing their North Carolina driver’s license or ID card.

3. County-wide Locations

  • municipal town halls
  • Brunswick County libraries
  • Brunswick County high schools
  • Department of Social Services
  • Employment Security Commission
  • Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
  • Services for the Blind
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

4. Board of Elections Office
Individuals may register in person at the Board of Elections office. The office is located in Building H of the county government center in Bolivia, NC. Upon request, the Board of Elections office will also mail a voter registration form to anyone.

Voter ID Cards

Approximately 3-4 weeks after submitting your voter registration application you will receive a voter ID card in the mail. This voter ID card is simply for your personal records. You are not required to present it to vote. This card will show your precinct name, your polling location name and address, your political party affiliation, and the various electoral jurisdictions in which you reside.

If you make changes to an existing Brunswick County voter registration record, you will likewise receive a new voter ID card in the mail reflecting those changes. It also is simply for your personal records.

Upon receiving your voter ID card in the mail, if everything on the card is correct then you keep the card. You do not send it back to the Board of Elections office. Only voter confirmation cards, which are mailed when the first voter ID mailing is returned to us undeliverable, must be completed, signed, and returned to the Board of Elections office. These confirmation cards come in a business reply format and do not require postage for their return.

If you do not receive your voter ID card after approximately four weeks, please contact the Board of Elections office at 910.253.2620.


Requirements for removal from the voter registration rolls
To remove your own registration, use the Voter Registration Cancellation form and return it to our office.

To remove a voter due to death, please download and complete the Notification of Deceased Voter Form.  This form may only be completed by a near relative or personal representative of the deceased voter’s estate.  Notification of Deceased Voter