Brunswick County Voting FAQs
View our most commonly asked questions about voting in Brunswick County.
What types of Elections are there?
In even-numbered years a primary election is held to nominate a candidate to represent a political party in the general election held later in the same year. In North Carolina the officially recognized political parties (the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Libertarians) traditionally hold their primaries on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May. In 2016, the primary election was held in March. Registered voters may vote only in the primary election of their declared party.
Unaffiliated Voters and NC Primaries
Unaffiliated voters in North Carolina MAY vote in primary elections. Currently in North Carolina the Democrats and Republicans open their respective primaries to unaffiliated voters. When unaffiliated voters present themselves to vote, in addition to stating their name and residence address, they will also state in which party’s primary they would like to participate. This choice is for that primary only and carries over to the second primary if a second primary is called. This choice does not change the voters’ registration status from unaffiliated.
In even-numbered years a general election is held to elect a candidate to office. In North Carolina the general election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Registered voters may vote for candidates in any recognized party regardless of the voters’ declared party affiliation or non-affiliation.
Municipal elections in North Carolina are held in odd-numbered years. In Brunswick County all of the municipal elections are administrated by the Brunswick County Board of Elections on behalf of the municipalities. All of the municipal elections in Brunswick County are nonpartisan and decided by simple plurality, i.e. the candidate(s) with the most votes wins. There are no municipal primaries or municipal runoff elections in Brunswick County. Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Please note: Voting on Election Day in odd-numbered municipal election years is held at the same polling location as voting on Election Day in even-numbered primary and general election years. Your polling location does not change just because it is a municipal election year.
Am I registered to vote?
Check your registration.
How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote in-person at the County Board of Election office or you can fill out a form and return it to us.
Mail your form to: Brunswick County Board of Elections
PO Box 2
Bolivia, NC 28422
View more details on voter registration (including other locations to pick up forms).
Can my registration form be submitted online?
Registration forms for name and address changes within the county can be submitted by fax (910-253-2618) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). An original form is needed for all other changes as well as new registrations.
When is the deadline to register?
You must be registered to vote 25 days prior to the election – Friday, October 11, 2019 for the November 5, 2019 Municipal Election.
This is also the deadline for party changes. Mailed forms must be postmarked by this date.
If I miss the voter registration deadline, can I register and vote the same day?
Yes. If a Brunswick County resident misses the voter registration deadline, they may go to any one-stop early voting site to register and vote the same day. The individual will be required to provide acceptable proof of residence before they can become registered. Notice to Same Day Registrants provides more details, including a list of acceptable proof of residence documents. Same day registration is only available during one-stop early voting; it is not available on election day.
If I am registered unaffiliated, can I vote in the Primary?
Yes, unaffiliated voters in North Carolina may vote in primary elections. When unaffiliated voters present themselves to vote, in addition to stating their name and residence address, they will also state in which party’s primary they would like to participate. This choice is for that primary only and carries over to the second primary if a second primary is called. This choice does not change the voters’ registration status from unaffiliated.
How do I change my party?
I am not yet 18, when can I register to vote?
A 17-year-old that will be 18 by the General Election can register no earlier than 60 days prior to the primary.
How do I know what contests and candidates are on the ballot?
You can obtain a copy of your sample ballot on our website or by calling our office and asking that we mail one to you. You may mark your sample ballot ahead of time and carry it into the voting booth with you.
Can I vote early?
Yes! You can vote early for the 2019 Municipal Election at selected one-stop early voting locations Wednesday, October 16, 2019 through Friday, November 1, 2019. A complete list of times and locations will be posted as soon as available.
Do I need photo ID to vote?
An amendment to the North Carolina Constitution was passed by voters in the 2018 General Election. Implementation of that amendment is pending and more information will be posted here as soon as it is available.
What if I need to vote absentee?
You must use the State Absentee Ballot Request Form to request an absentee ballot.
Absentee ballots for the Municipal Election will be available beginning Friday, October 4, 2019. We must receive your request for an absentee ballot by Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 5 p.m. Hand delivered ballots must be received in our office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before November 5, 2019 and received by Friday, November 8, 2019. View more details.
A new absentee ballot request must be submitted for each election. The law allows annual absentee ballot requests only if there is a sickness or physical disability.
What if I go to the wrong precinct on Election Day?
A federal court ruling ruled that out of precinct voted is allowed. We encourage voters to go to their correct precinct in order to avoid voting a provisional ballot. Locate your assigned precinct polling location.
“If voters do not appear at their assigned precinct within their county, their vote will still count for all eligible contests. However, to avoid voting a provisional ballot, we encourage voters to appear at their properly-assigned precinct on Election Day.”-Excerpt from a statement released by State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach regarding the panel decision of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
What is provisional voting?
Provisional voting is a fail-safe method that will permit you to cast a ballot now and allow the county board of elections to verify your voting eligibility after Election Day. If it can be confirmed that you are eligible to vote in this election, your provisional vote will be counted before the results of this election are final.
Remove North Carolina Voter Registration
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.
Either of these forms can be returned to our office via US mail, faxed to (910)253-2618 or by email to email@example.com.