Elections

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The Catawba County Board of Elections

is committed to efficiently conducting fair, honest, and impartial elections so that all qualified Catawba County citizens may exercise their right to vote.

The office conducts local elections, operates voting sites, maintains voter registration lists and handles numerous aspects of election administration. The Catawba County Board of Elections works in conjunction with the State Board of Elections office to ensure that elections are conducted lawfully and fairly.


PUBLIC SEMINARS - New 2020 Voter Photo ID Law

Catawba County Board of Elections will be hosting two informational sessions this summer to discuss the Voter ID Law going into effect in 2020. The sessions are free and open to the public. Members of the NC State Board of Elections will present the information and will answer any questions you may have concerning the new Voter Photo ID law.

Thur, Jun 20, 6pmPatrick Beaver Memorial Library375 3rd St, NE, Hickory
Thur, Aug 22, 6pmNewton Main Library115 West C St, Newton

Voter ID Seminars: Thursday June 20, 6pm at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Thursday August 22, 6pm at Newton Main Library.

Informational Flyer

Click on the image to the right
for a PDF Flyer on photo ID requirements
for the 2020 elections.

thumbnail image of PDF Flyer on photo ID requirements for the 2020 elections.

More information is available on the State BOE website: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-ID

Municipal & City School Board Elections 2019

2019 Offices Up For Election

Printable 2019 Elections Calendar

Municipal Candidate Filing Begins - Friday, July 5, 2019, noon
Municipal Candidate Filing Ends - Friday, July 19, 2019, noon


City School Board Filing Begins - Friday, August 16, 2019, noon
City School Board Filing Ends - Friday, September 6, 2019 (noon for Newton-Conover, 5pm for Hickory)


Hickory Primary (if needed) - Tuesday, Oct 8, 6:30am-7:30pm

2019 Municipal & School Elections - Tuesday, Nov 5, 6:30am-7:30pm


Photo ID is NOT REQUIRED for elections in 2019.


Interested in running for an office? Read over the Questions and Answers on starting a Candidate Campaign Committee.

Municipal Filing

  • Brookford - 2 Aldermen seats
  • Catawba - 1 Mayor, 2 Councilmen seats
  • Claremont - 3 Councilmen seats
  • Conover - 3 Councilmen seats
  • Hickory - 3 Aldermen seats (Wards 1, 2, 3)
  • Long View - 3 Aldermen seats (Wards 1, 3, 4)
  • Maiden - 1 Mayor, 3 Councilmen seats
  • Newton - 1 Mayor, 3 Council seats

Begins Friday, Jul 5, noon

Ends Friday, Jul 19, noon

Hickory filing Fee: $12

All others: $5


City School Boards Filing

Hickory Public Schools Seats:

  • Ward 4
  • Ward 6
  • At-Large Seat

Begins Friday, Aug 16, noon

Ends Friday, Sep 6, 5pm

Filing Fee: $5

Newton/Conover Schools Seats:

  • 1 seat - Newton District
  • 2 seats - Conover District

Begins Friday, Aug 16, noon

Ends Friday, Sep 6, noon

Filing Fee: $5

Interested in running for an office? Find more information here.

Federal, State, Judicial, County, and County School Board Elections 2020

2020 Offices Up For Election

Printable 2020 Elections Calendar

Candidate Filing Begins - Monday, December 2, 2019
Candidate Filing Ends - Friday, December 20, 2019


Presidential Primary - Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Note: 17-year-olds may vote in a primary election if they will turn 18 on or before the general election (November 3, 2020)

2nd Primary (if needed) - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 [or May 12, 2020 if Federal races in the runoff]


Filing for Catawba County School Board Begins - Monday, June 1, 2020, noon
Filing for Catawba County School Board Ends - Friday, July 3, 2020, noon


Filing for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors Begins - Monday, June 8, 2020, noon
Filing for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors Ends - Thursday, July 2, 2020, noon


Presidential Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020


If you are registered as Unaffiliated and interested in running please read this document: Information for Unaffiliated Candidates in 2020

Official Catawba County Election Results

Click here for Catawba County Election Results - PDF reports of votes by Catawba County voters (2002 to Current)


Interactive Results for Catawba County (NCSBE Website)

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Organized Campaign Committees

Search - Organized Committees - Choose the Election Year


Voter Photo ID begins in 2020

  • PHOTO ID IS NOT REQUIRED FOR 2019 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
  • Beginning in 2020, North Carolina voters will be required to provide photo identification when voting in-person or absentee-by-mail, with some exceptions. more details
  • Don't have a NC Drivers License, Permit, NC DMV Non-Operator ID card, US Passport, or other acceptable forms of Photo ID?
    The Board of Elections Office can issue a free Voter Photo ID Card if you are a registered voter. Complete a Voter ID Card Request Form (forms also available in the office) and bring to your county's Board of Elecitons office during regular office hours until the Friday before the election (deadline for the Presidential Primary is Feb 29, 2020).

Note: Dates are subject to change.


Frequently Used Forms

Voter Registration FormAbsentee-by-mail Request FormVoter Photo ID Card Request Form