Voting Rules Update: Voter Registration

Cary, NC – With the recent federal Circuit Court ruling undoing North Carolina’s 2013 changes to the laws surrounding voting rules, CaryCitizen will lay out the current rules over the next few months to make it easy for you to understand what to do come election day.


Voter Registration

Even if you are already registered to vote, you may need to re-register if you have changed addresses recently.

With the voting law struck down by the courts, same-day registration is now back in place so voters can register on the same day they go into vote. This is particularly accessible during the early voting period, which now stretches from Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Also, 16-and-17-year-olds who will be 18 on election day (Tuesday, November 8, 2016) can now pre-register to vote.

State-sponsored voter registration drives are also back in place now so there may be information available in your area to help you learn more and navigate voter registration.

To register, you can either fill out this form online and mail it in (contrary to the state website, electronic signatures on the PDF are now allowed, according to the Wake County Board of Elections) or go in person to either your County Board of Elections, your local Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Social Services and Department of Public Health or other public assistance locations.

And you can also register during Early Voting. If you register and vote on the same day in Early Voting. You will need to provide one of these:

  • 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

CaryCitizen does not take a stance on elections or endorse candidates but we encourage everyone who is able to go out to vote and make their voice heard.


Story by staff reports. Photos by Jessica Patrick and Mira Montes.