Voter Registration Qualifications
Voting begins with registering to vote. The registration deadline is 25 days before Election Day. Do not delay; register today!
To register to vote in Brunswick County you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a legal resident domiciled in Brunswick County and North Carolina for 30 days by the date of the next general election day
- Be 18 years of age or older by next general election day
- Have had citizenship rights restored, if ever convicted of a felony
- 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 than 60 days before the primary election.” NCGS 163-59
North Carolina Voter Registration Cards
Approximately 3-4 weeks after submitting your voter registration application you will receive a voter registration card in the mail. This voter registration 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 registration card in the mail reflecting those changes. It also is simply for your personal records.
Upon receiving your voter registration 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 registration mailing is returned to us undelivered, 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 registration card after approximately four weeks, please contact the Board of Elections office at (910) 253-2620.
Voter Registration Deadline
The registration deadline for the 2019 Municipal Election is Friday, October 11, 2019.
The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the date of an election. The voter registration application must be received by the our office by this date. If an application is received after the deadline, the application may still be timely if it was mailed and it is postmarked on or before the voter registration deadline; otherwise, the application will not be processed until after the election. Persons who register at the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles or another voter registration agency will be considered registered as of the date the application is given to the agency. As long as this date is on or before the voter registration deadline, then the application will be deemed timely for an upcoming election.
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. Political party changes are not permitted after the 25 day voter registration deadline. NCGS 163-82.17(a)
Same Day Registration
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. The 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.