County Offices, Libraries, and Blackburn Construction/Demo Landfill will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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.


2020 Elections

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

Candidates in Mar 3rd Primary

Candidates in the Primary--only the winners move on to the November Election

Candidates in Nov 3rd General

Candidates automatically moving on to the November General Election (not in Primary)

Search - Organized Committees

Choose the Election Year to view campaign finance documents for candidates

Absentee-by-Mail Request Form

Mail request to: PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658 (Email and Fax NOT acceptable)

New US Congressional Maps are now available on our Maps Page.

Printable 2020 Elections Calendar


PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY - Tuesday, March 3rd

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION!

In a Primary election, you may only vote the party's ballot of which you are registered.
If you are UNAFFILIATED, you may chose one of the following party's ballot: DEM, REP, LIB.
(Note: Green and Constitution are "closed parties" and do not allow UNA to vote their ballots.)

You may NOT change your political affiliation at the polls.

Check your registration NOW
If you wish to change your party affiliation or other information on your record,
the deadline to do so is 5pm, Feb 7th, 2020. Complete a new registration form and mail to the BOE office.

Mail to: PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658

By law, if making a party change, the original signed document MUST be received by the BOE Office.


Candidates in Mar 3rd Primary

Deadline to register to vote on Election Day - 5pm, Feb 7th, 2020

One-Stop Early Voting Begins - Thur, Feb 13, 2020, 8:00 am [printable One-Stop schedule]

Early Voting Locations - Residents of Catawba County may vote early at ANY of these locations. If not registered to vote, you may do so with acceptable forms of ID/Proof of Residency. More Info

  • Newton Main Library – 115 West ‘C’ St, Newton
  • Highland Recreation Center – 1451 8th St Dr NE, Hickory
  • Southwest Library (Mountain View) – 2944 S Hwy 127, Hickory
  • Conover Station – 403 Conover Station SE, Conover
  • Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library – 9154 Sherrills Ford Rd, Terrell

Early Voting Hours

  • Weekdays 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Saturdays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

One-Stop Early Voting Ends - Sat, Feb 29, 2020, 3:00 pm


Presidential Primary Election Day - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 6:30am-7:30pm

  • Primaries will be held for the following 4 Political Parties: Democratic (DEM), Republican (REP), Libertarian (LIB), Constitution (CST).
  • By law, you must vote at YOUR designated precinct's polling location on Election Day. Lookup Tool
  • You must be registered by 5pm, Feb 7th to vote Election Day.
  • You may only vote the ballot of the party with which you are affiliated. Deadline to change your party is 5pm, Feb 7th. Search Your Registration
  • Unaffiliated voters may choose the DEM, REP, or LIB ballot.
  • 17-year-olds may vote in a primary election if they will turn 18 on or before the general election (Nov 3, 2020)

2nd Primary (if needed) - Tues, April 21, 2020 [or May 12, 2020 if a Federal race is in the runoff]


CANDIDATE FILING - School Board and Soil and Water Conservation

  • Filing for Catawba County School Board Begins - Mon, June 1, 2020, noon
  • Filing for Catawba County School Board Ends - Thur, July 6, 2020, noon (Note: BOE office will be closed Friday, Jul 3)
  • Filing for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors Begins - Mon, June 8, 2020, noon
  • Filing for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors Ends - Mon, July 6, 2020, noon (Note: BOE office will be closed Friday, Jul 3)

Any person who has filed a notice of candidacy for an office has the right to withdraw it at any time prior to the close of business on the third business day prior to the date on which the right to file for that office expires. The deadline for withdrawal of notice of candidacy for the Primary filing period is Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Note that by statute, filing ends July 3rd; however, the office is closed that day in celebration of Independence Day.)


PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Candidates in Nov 3rd General - Winners of the 2020 Primary will be added to this list once determined.

One-Stop Early Voting Begins - Thur, Oct 15, 2020
One-Stop Early Voting Ends - Sat, Oct 31, 2020, 3pm

Presidential Election - Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020

Photo ID is NOT required for the March 3rd Primary

Important Update on Photo ID


  • Voters will not be required to show photo ID for theMarch 3, 2020 primary election. In a December 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court.

Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the March 3, 2020, primary election.


  • In a December 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court.
  • This page will be updated when new information is available.

No se le exigirá a los votantes que muestren una identificación con foto durante las elecciones primarias del 3 de marzo de 2020.


  • En una orden del 31 de diciembre, un tribunal federal de distrito bloqueó el requisito de identificación con foto para votación en Carolina del Norte. El requerimiento permanecerá en vigencia hasta nueva orden de la corte.
  • Esta página se actualizará cuando haya nueva información disponible.

More information on Voter Photo ID requirements is available on the State BOE website: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-ID. Phone: (919) 814-0744.

Dates and times are subject to change.


UOCAVA Notice for the March 3, 2020 Election - voting information for uniformed and overseas citizens using the FWAB form.


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If you received a Voter Card (or other type of mail from us) for someone that does not live at that address, please write on the mailing: "NOT AT THIS ADDRESS," and put a line through the barcode if there is one below the address. Place back in your mailbox for the postal service to return to us.
No postage is necessary.

You may later recieve another card from us for this person; please return it, also. Once we receive two returned voter cards, the voter's status will be either "denied" or "inactive" (if inactive, they will have to verbally verify their address if they come to vote). By law, In order for us to remove the voter from your address, we need their signature, or notification from another county or state that they have registered to vote elsewhere. A person may remove themselves by completing a Voter Removal Form.

Is the person deceased? We need a signed Deceased Voter document from a near relative in order to remove their name.

Thank you for helping us keep the registration rolls accurate.

Frequently Used Forms

Voter Registration FormAbsentee-by-Mail Request Form
Mail to: PO Box 132
Newton, NC 28658
Email and Fax NOT acceptable