Qualifications for Registering to Vote

To register to vote in North Carolina, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Live in the county where you are registering, and have resided there for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election
  • Be at least 18 years old, or will be by the date of the general election
    • 16- and 17-year-olds may preregister to vote
    • 17-year-olds may vote in a primary election if they will be 18 at the time of the general election
  • Not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction, including probation, parole, or post-release supervision
    • Once an individual has completed a felony sentence, including any probation, parole, or post-release supervision, or received a pardon, they are eligible to register and vote. No additional documentation is needed.