Contact Information

  • Amanda Duncan, Director
  • (828) 464-2424
  • Contact via email
  • Main Location:PO Box 13225 Government Drive Newton, NC 28658
  • (view all county locations)

Elections

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.

2018 Candidate List updated 2/19/2018 - Filing ends Noon, Feb 28th. A Statewide Candidate List is posted via the State Board of Elections.


Partisan Primary

Absentee Ballots AvailableTue, Mar 19
Registration Deadline (Books Close)Spacer used for tables 20x2pxFri, Apr 13, 5pm
One-Stop Early VotingThur, Apr 19 - Sat, May 5
Election DayTue, May 8, 6:30am - 7:30pm
CanvassFri, May 18, 11am

General Election

Absentee Ballots AvailableFri, Sep 7
Registration Deadline (Books Close)Spacer used for tables 20x2pxFri, Oct 12, 5pm
One-Stop Early VotingThur, Oct 18 - Sat, Nov 3
Election DayTue, Nov 6, 6:30am - 7:30pm
CanvassFri, Nov 16, 11am


If a primary runoff is needed, it will be Jun 26 (or Jul 17 if a Federal runoff is needed).

For Committee Reports filed with Catawba County BOE select the year below.


Committee reports filed with the NC State BOE may be searched via this link

View PDF version

Federal, State, County Offices - Noon, Feb 12 - Noon, Feb 28

  • US 5th and 10th Congressional Districts (file with State BOE) [Fee: $1,740]
  • NC Senate 42nd District [Fee: $207]
  • NC House of Representatives 89th and 96th districts [Fee: $207]
  • County Board of Commissioners [Fee: $102]
  • Sheriff [Fee: $878]
  • Clerk of Superior Court [Fee: $1,105]
  • District Attorney - District 25 (file with State BOE) [Fee: $1,282]

Judicial Offices - Noon, Jun 18 - Noon, Jun 29

  • Superior Court Judge - District 25B (file with State BOE) [Fee: $1,326]
  • District Court Judge - District 25 (file with State BOE) [Fee: $1,167]
  • NC Supreme Court (file with State BOE) [Fee: $1,462] - Removed from May Primary by Appeals Court ruling on 2/08/2018
  • NC Court of Appeals (file with State BOE) [Fee: $1,401] - Removed from May Primary by Appeals Court ruling on 2/08/2018

County School Board - Noon, Jun 4 - Noon, Jul 6

  • Catawba County School Board [Fee: $10]

Soil & Water Conservation - Noon, Jun 11 - Noon, Jul 6

  • Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor [Fee: $5]

Qualifications for Office (PDF) - For more information on becoming a candidate, campaign finance, and committees: visit the State Board of Elections.

Candidate's Guide to Elections (PDF) - State Board of Elections' Candidate's Guide

Q&A: Starting a Campaign (PDF) - Frequently asked questions about campaign committees


Absentee Ballot Request - Anyone may request an absentee ballot by mail--no excuse needed. Absentee Request Form (PDF)

Voter Registration - Register to vote or update your registration information. Registration Form (PDF)

UOCAVA Notice (PDF) - Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (absentee ballot information for military and overseas citizens)

Below are scheduled meetings of the Board of Elections for 2018. The board may also call other meetings during the year, which will be listed here and posted at the Board of Elections office located in the Government Center Building in Newton. All meetings are open to the public and conducted at the Board of Elections office unless noted.

Minutes of the meetings are maintained at the Board of Elections office and are open for public inspection during normal business hours.

2018 Board Meetings

DateTimeAgenda
January 118:15amApprove One-Stop Ballot on Demand, other business
February 208:15amApprove One-Stop Plan for Primary, other business
April 178:15amApprove Absentee Ballot Applications, other business
April 248:15amApprove Absentee Ballot Applications, other business
May 18:15amApprove Absentee Ballot Applications, other business
May 75:00pmApprove Absentee Ballot Applications, other business
May 85:00pmElection Returns, other business
May 1811:00amCanvass for the Primary Election, other business
October 168:15amApprove Absentee Ballot Applications, other business
October 238:15amApprove Absentee Ballot Applications, other business
October 308:15amApprove Absentee Ballot Applications, other business
November 55:00pmApprove Absentee Ballot Applications, other business
November 65:00pmElection Returns, other business
November 1611:00amCanvass for the Primary Election, other business

Updated 2/14/2018

Board members are appointed to 2-year terms beginning in July of odd-numbered years by the State Board of Elections from names submitted by the state's Democratic and Republican parties.

David W. Hood (Rep)Chairdhood@phd-law.com
Barry R. Cheney (Dem)Secretarybcheney58@gmail.com
Stephen L. Palmer (Rep)Memberspalmer@t-insight.com

The Board of Elections is the only statutory bi-partisan, quasi-judicial supervisory board in North Carolina State government. The local Board’s duties are imposed by law and include the making and issuing of rules, regulations, and instructions, not inconsistent with law or the rules established by the State Board of Elections, as it deems necessary for the guidance of election officers and voters.


Catawba County Board of Elections Office is located in the Government Building - corner of Southwest Blvd and Radio Station Rd

  • Enter the front doors. First office on the left.
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Amanda DuncanDirector828-464-2424aduncan@catawbacountync.gov
Marvin BentleyElections Management TechnicianSpacer used for tables 20x2px828-464-1136mbentley@catawbacountync.gov
Jennifer PruittElections Specialist828-464-2424jpruitt@catawbacountync.gov
Trudy McSwainElections Specialist828-464-1135trudy@catawbacountync.gov

Voting in Catawba County

The Catawba County Board of Elections strives to offer accessible voting for all qualified citizens of Catawba County.

Registration

You must be registered in the county in which you reside. State law requires that if you move to new county, you must re-register in that county.

You must be registered 25 or more days before an election to vote by mail or to vote on election day—this is also the deadline if you wish to change your political party affiliation. If you are not registered by that deadline, you may still go to a One-Stop Early Voting site and register and vote at the same time.

Voter Lookup Use the State BOE's utility to check your voter registration information or see a sample ballot (when available).

Registration Form Use this form to register to vote in Catawba County and to change your name, address, or party affiliation.

Mail form to: Catawba BOE, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658


If you are new voter in the county and you do not provide your NC Drivers License number or the last 4 digits of your social on the registraion form, you will be asked to provide ID the first time you vote.

Valid ID: a current and valid photo ID; or a copy of one of the following documents that show the name and address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

Voting

If you are away from home for work or vacation on election day, if you are disabled, homebound, in a hospital or medical care facility, or just can’t make it to the polls, the Board still wants you to be able to vote—it is your right as an American Citizen.

One-Stop Early Voting

One-Stop Voting is available at various locations in the county. You may go to any open one-stop site to vote starting 19 days before the election—ending at 1pm the Saturday before each election. If you are not registered and have resided in Catawba County for at least 30 days before the election, you may do so at a One-Stop location. One-Stop workers will register you and allow you to vote with proper ID.

You may change your name and/or address (if you moved more than 30 days before the election) at a One-Stop.

Curbside Voting is available to anyone that cannot come inside because of age or physical disability. Curbside Voter parking spaces are available at all polling locations. Pull into one of the spots and a curbside official will come out to assist you with the curbside voting process.


Acceptable ID: a current and valid photo ID; or a copy of one of the following documents that show the name and address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

Absentee Ballot by Mail

A completed Absentee Ballot Request for each election should be sent to the Board of Elections office. Near family members may complete and sign the form. The voter's Drivers License number or last 4 digits of their social security number must be provided. Forms must be received by 5pm the Tuesday before the election. You may send multiple requests in one envelope.

  • Mail request to: Catawba BOE, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658
  • Fax to: 828-464-9832

Once your request is processed and accepted, a ballot and return envelope will be sent to the address you specified. You are required to have two witnesses (or one notary public) verify that it is you that votes your ballot. It is sealed in the return envelope and you and the witnesses must sign the outside of the return envelope. Voted ballots must be returned (or postmarked) before 5pm election day.

Military and Overseas Voters

Military and Overseas Citizens should submit an FPCA (Federal Post Card Application)

Voting at Your Precinct

On Election Day you must vote at your assigned precinct. Polls open at 6:30am and close at 7:30pm. Use the State BOE's voter lookup tool to check your voter registration information, or see a sample ballot (when available).
Where do I vote Election Day? (Click here to enter your address to find your polling location)

Election Day Address Changes: If you are a registered voter in Catawba County and have moved within the county but failed to update your address with the BOE, you may do so at the polls. State Law requires that you go to the polling site for the address you were living 30 days before the election. (If you moved less than 30 days before the election, go to the polling location for your old address. You should also send in a new voter registration form to the BOE office before the next election.) If you moved more than 30 days before the election, go to the polling location for your new address. Enter an address to find the polling location.

Election Day Name Changes: If your legal name has changed, you may update your name at the polls.

If your name cannot be found in the registration list or there are disputes with your jurisdiction, party affiliation, etc. you are entitled to vote a Provisional Ballot. By voting a Provisional Ballot, your eligibility will be researched by the Board of Elections to determine if your ballot will be counted or partially counted. If counted, the votes will be added to the official vote count at canvass.ADA ballot marking equipment is available for voters who are blind, visually impaired, or have a disability or condition that makes it difficult to traditionally mark a ballot.

Curbside Voting is available to anyone that cannot come inside because of age or physical disability. Curbside Voter parking spaces are available at all polling locations. Pull into one of the spots and a curbside official will come out to assist you with the curbside voting process.


Printed List of Polling Locations - PDF
Printed List of Polling Locations with Directions - PDF

Registered Voters

Catawba Co VotersNorth Carolina Voters
Democratic25,9052,646,685Catawba County
Republican43,9852,065,011Population
Libertarian41334,478155,056 (2015)
Unaffiliated32,2532,097,727
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Total Voters102,5566,843,901
Updated Feb 3, 2018

Registered Voter Statistics (Updated Feb 15, 2018)


For a downloadable list of registered Catawba County voters, contact us with your Information Request. Ask for a link to the voter list.

You may also search statewide statistics at the NC State Board of Elections website.

Official Catawba County Election Reports


Interactive Results for Catawba County (NCSBE Website)


Statewide Interactive Election Results