Registering to Vote
- Am I eligible to register to vote in Wake County? You must be 18 years old or older, a US citizen, and a resident of North Carolina. (If you are 17 years old, you may register to vote if you will be 18 by the time of the next General Election.)
- Where can I register to vote in Wake County? You can print a voter registration application and mail it to the Wake County Board of Elections. You may also register to vote at the Division of Motor Vehicles or at public assistance agencies.
- How soon do I need to register in order to vote in an election? The voter registration deadline is 25 days prior to an election. Or, you can do same-day registration during the one-stop early voting period and immediately cast your ballot.
- Do I need to update my voter registration if I'm already registered? You may need to update your voter registration if your address, name, party affiliation, or other information has changed since the last election.
- I may already be registered to vote. How can I find out? You can do a quick voter search to find out if you are already registered and to see if your voter information is up to date.
voter identification (no photo id required)
- Am I required to show a photo ID to vote? North Carolina laws requiring a photo ID have been struck down by Federal court. A PHOTO ID IS NOT REQUIRED TO VOTE. Identification is required of first-time voters who registered by mail and did not provide identification with the application. Acceptable forms of identification include any bill in your name at your address.
- Do I need to show my voter registration card in order to vote? No, the voter registration card that you received in the mail contains useful information, but you are not required to have it. The same information on your card is also online. Use the NC Board of Elections voter lookup tool to see your voting information.
- Go to the NC Board of Elections for more information about Voter ID.
Polling places & absentee Mail-in Ballots
- Where is my election day polling place? The Wake County Board of Elections provides information about polling places. You can also use the NC Board of Elections voter lookup tool to locate your voting information which includes your election day polling place.
- Can I vote at any of the early voting locations? Any eligible Wake County resident may vote at any of the early voting locations in the county.
- Can I vote using an absentee ballot even if I'm not "absent" from the area on election day? Yes, any registered voter may use a mail-in absentee ballot. You can request an absentee ballot from the Wake County Board of Elections. Be mindful of the deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.
preparing to vote
- When are the next elections? We have an election of some kind every year. In any given year there is an election for municipal and county officials, school board members, state legislators, council of state members, judges, governor, US representatives and senators, US president, and others. Fortunately, we don't elect them all in the same year. The Wake Board of Elections provides a calendar of upcoming elections.
- What races and candidates are on my ballot? The races on your ballot will depend on the various voting districts in which you live. Use the voter look up tool to see your different voting jurisdictions and see your sample ballot. The League of Women Voters VOTE411.org site can help you create a personal ballot.
- If I'm an unaffiliated voter, can I vote in the primary election? When you registered to vote, you had the option to affiliate with a particular political party, e.g. Republican or Democrat. If you choose to remain unaffiliated, in North Carolina you still have the opportunity vote in the primary election. You may request a nonpartisan ballot which includes only nonpartisan contests, e.g. judges, referenda, etc. If you prefer, you may instead choose the primary election ballot for one of the political parties.
- How can I learn about the candidates? The League of Women Voters' VOTE411.org site compares many candidates' positions side-by-side. For some local elections, LWV-Wake develops nonpartisan voter guides and sponsors candidate forums. Watch our website and Facebook page for information related to local elections.
Wake County Early Voting (OCTOBER 17 THROUGH NOVEMBER 3, 2018)
- Where do I find details of early voting locations, dates and times for the 2018 Wake County General Election? See page "2018 Elections".
- Who may vote at early voting locations? Any eligible Wake County voter may vote at any Wake County early voting location.
- I missed the voter registration deadline. May I register and vote at an early voting location? Yes. Eligible individuals may register and vote during the early voting period. NOTICE TO SAME-DAY REGISTRANTS
- I am a college student. What are my options for registering and voting? College students may register to vote in the county/state of their home address or in the county/state where they are attending college. Learn about Election Day, absentee by mail, and early voting options for college students here.
- May I change my party affiliation at an early voting location? No. Changes to party affiliation cannot be made during the early voting period.
- How can I determine whether I’m registered to vote? Check your voter registration status.
- Why are the lines so long at early voting locations? Lines are generally not long during the first days of early voting. Voting lines are the longest on the final 3 days of early voting.
- I heard that if I vote at an early voting location, my vote may not get counted. Is that true? No. Your vote will be counted on Election Day along with the ballots cast in the polling places.
- May any registered Wake County Voter vote absentee by mail? Yes, and it is easy. (Watch video explaining how easy it is.)
The Early Voting FAQs were initially published by Lauren Nelson of Wake County Board of Elections
The League of Women Voters has created a "one-stop-shop" for election-related information. You can register to vote, create a personal voter guide, and find useful information on a wide range of voting topics.
There are two ways of getting into the candidate survey results in the voter guide. The first is to enter your address data on the home page and you will be able to see the races on your ballot. If, however, your personal ballot does not include those races, or if you’d like to look at some other candidate’s responses, there is an alternative method to access the voter guide:
- On the home page, do not enter your address. Instead, click on Search by State and Topic, and select North Carolina, click on Apply.
- On the next page, scroll down and click on Candidate and Ballot Measure Information.
- Then click on race index, then North Carolina again and you will see a list of all the races in the state. Look for those want to review and click on those districts.
We are continuing to update the voter guide as we receive additional responses from candidates who have not yet submitted their responses.
More information about voting and elections is available from the Wake County Board of Elections and the North Carolina Board of Elections. Please refer to these sites for elelction information and any changes in registration or voting requirements.