Registering to Vote!


Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. You can vote in person on Election Day or you can do “early voting.” You can also vote by requesting a ballot by mail. You can register online or in person.


(1)Vote on Election Day

Voters registered in North Carolina can look up where to vote here

If students want to vote in Madison County on Election Day, they can vote at Mars Hill Elementary.

(2)Early Voting

North Carolina voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Thursday, October 15, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

  • If you’ve voted in North Carolina before, you don’t need to show ID to vote.
  • If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn’t provide your driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration form, you will need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: a driver’s license or state ID; US Passport; employee ID; student ID; military ID; or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will still be able to vote a provisional ballot and can bring one of these documents to the board of elections prior to canvass.
  • If you want to early vote in Madison County, that is NOT available at the elementary school, they will have to vote at the Beech Glen Community Center gymnasium at 2936 Beech Glen Rd., Mars Hill 28754 or Madison Early College (Wellness Center Gym) at 5734 US Hwy 25-70, Marshall 28753.
  • HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE:

    North Carolina offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in North Carolina by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH!!

    If you want to see if you are already registered go to this link

    To register to vote online go to this here (You will fill out an application, print it, and mail it) OR you can register online completely here (this site is NEW and glitchy but the printed application is foolproof)

    WHEN can you register?

    If you want your registration to count in time for an upcoming election, you have two options.

    Option #1 – Regular Voter Registration Deadline
    Generally, your registration form must be postmarked or delivered to your county Board of Elections at least 25 days before the election in which you want to vote (October 9th).

    Option #2 – Same-Day Registration during Early Voting
    If you miss the October 9th registration deadline, you can use Same-Day Registration during Early Voting at any Early Voting site in your county.

    You can NOT register and vote on the same day on Election Day.

    To use Same-Day Registration, you must provide one of the following documents to an election official at an Early Voting location:

  • NC driver’s license
  • Other government photo ID with name and current address
  • Utility bill, bank statement, or payroll stub with name and current address
  • Student photo ID with a school document showing the student’s address
  • Any document from any government agency with the voter’s name and current address
  • WHO can vote?

    To register in North Carolina you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • have lived at the registered address for at least thirty days immediately before the next election at which you want to vote
  • be 18 years of age by the day of the next general election
  • have your rights of citizenship restored if you have been convicted of a felony and completed your felony sentence including probation, post release supervision, parole or a prison term
  • not be registered or vote in any other county or state
  • (3)Vote by Absentee Ballot

    All registered voters in North Carolina may request an absentee ballot for the November 2020 general election. No special circumstance or reason is needed to vote by mail in North Carolina. Registered voters may request a ballot through the online Absentee Ballot Request Portal (coming soon), or fill out a North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form (link below) and return it to their county board of elections (how to locate your county BOE (You can mail it or take it there) After you request a ballot, please allow a week to 10 days for it to get to you. If you do not receive your ballot within that time, contact your county board of elections. When your ballot is accepted by your county board of elections, that information will be posted in your voter record.

    Site to request an Absentee Ballot

    Your county board of elections must receive the completed and signed absentee request form by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 27, 2020. IT IS NOT SMART TO PUSH ANY OF THESE DEADLINES!!