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.

2021 Municipal Elections - Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Maiden, Newton

2021 Municipal Candidates List of 36 Municipal Candidates that filed for office in 2021 - Filing is closed.

Search Organized Campaign Committee Reports

2021 City School Board Elections - Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover Schools

2021 School Candidates Candidate filing for city school boards begins noon, August 13th, 2021; ends September 3rd.

Interested in running for an office?

Absentee-by-Mail Information - Information on requesting a ballot-by-mail for the Nov 2021 Municipal and City School Elections

Voter Registration

Check Your Registration verify registration information

Register to Vote* for new voters and anyone moving to a different county the NC DMV website is the preferred way to register

Update Registration* use for changes to: name, address, mailing address, party affiliation [the NC DMV Portal is the preferred way to make changes]

*If you are not a NC DMV customer or do not wish to register online, print and sign a Voter Registration Form [Spanish Version]

New voters and new residents to the county (if not using the DMV Portal) are required to submit an original signed Voter Registration Form.
Current registered voters may submit changes using the DMV Portal or by email, fax or mail. Printed forms must include image of actual signature (computer fonts are not acceptable). Mail to: Board of Elections, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658


Long View • Hickory

Long View and Hickory elections will be held in 2022 because of a delay with the US Census.
Session Law 2021-56

School Board Candidate Filing

2021 School Board Offices up for Election

Newton-Conover Schools • Hickory Public Schools


Noon, Aug 13 - Sep 3

Filing for Municipal School Elections

  • Newton-Conover Schools ends Noon, Sep 3
  • Hickory Public Schools ends 5pm, Sep 3

Municipal and City School Election Dates

Friday, Jul 2 - Friday, Jul 16Municipal Candidate Filing - List of 2021 municipal candidates
Friday, Aug 13 - Friday, Sep 3City School Board Candidate Filing
Friday, Oct 8, 5pmDeadline to register to vote on election day or by absentee-by-mail
Thursday, Oct 14One-Stop Early Voting Begins
(If not registered, you may register and vote only at a One-Stop)
Tuesday, Oct 26, 5pmDeadline to request an absentee-by-mail ballot
Saturday, Oct 30One-Stop Early Voting Ends
Tuesday, Nov 2, 6:30am-7:30pmMunicipal and City School Elections
Tuesday, Nov 9, 11amCanvass

Updated 7/16/2021 - All dates are subject to change

Interested in running for an office? Read more here.
FAQ for Campaign Committees

Newton One-Stop open for Nov 2nd Municipal and School Board Elections

  • Catawba County Main Library – 115 West ‘C’ St, Newton

Who is eligible to vote in this election

Municipal residents of:

  • Town of Brookford
  • Town of Catawba
  • City of Claremont
  • City of Conover
  • Town of Maiden
  • City of Newton

Residents of the following City School jurisdictions:

  • Hickory Public Schools - Wards 1, 2, 3, 5
  • Newton-Conover Schools - Conover and Newton Districts

Municipal and City School Board residents may vote during One-Stop early voting.
On election day (Nov 2nd), you are required to vote at your assigned polling location.

Note: City of Hickory and Town of Long View residents will vote in 2022.

Catawba County One-Stop Schedule

Thur - Fri

Oct 14 - Oct 15

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oct 16


Oct 17

Mon - Fri

Oct 18 - Oct 22

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oct 23


Oct 24

Mon - Fri

Oct 25 - Oct 29

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oct 30

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Same-Day Registration

Residents not registered to vote may do so ONLY at the One-Stop site with proof of residence.
More information (State Board of Elections)

2021 Absentee Request Form or Request Online (note: Online requests are the preferred and fastest method.)

2021 UOCAVA Election Notice for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens

Request a Mail-In ballot for the November 2, 2021 Municipal and City School elections

Who may vote by mail in this election (must be registered voters on or before Oct 8, 2021)?

  • Municipal residents living within the limits of: Town of Brookford, Town of Catawba, City of Claremont, City of Conover, Town of Maiden, City of Newton
  • Residents within the city school districts of: Hickory Public Schools (Wards 1, 2, 3, 5), Newton-Conover Schools

Note: Town of Long View and City of Hickory elections will be held in 2022. However, if you are in the Hickory Public School system (Wards 1, 2, 3, or 5) you will have a ballot for the school board elections.

How do I make the request?

  • Use the NC State Board of Elections' Online Portal to request a mail-in ballot: VoteByMail.ncsbe.gov
  • Or, print out and complete a paper Absentee Request Form and return to the Board of Elections office:
    • by mail: PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658
    • by hand delivering to the office: 145 Government Dr, Newton (beside the parking deck near the Catawba County Justice Center).
      Note: Forms may only be delivered to the office by the voter or a near-relative (See Q&A below).

Deadline to request a ballot:

  • 5pm the Tuesday before the election (Oct 26, 2021)

Click here for more information on Absentee Ballots by Mail

2022 Elections

Dates are subject to change

2022 Offices up for Election

Candidate Filing begins noon, Dec 6th, 2021 and ends noon, Dec 17th, 2021

Primary - March 8, 2022

  • In addition to the regular Federal, State, Judicial, and County races, elections will include City of Hickory and Town of Long View races for residents of those municipalities.

Second Primary (if needed)

  • If only State or Local offices: April 26, 2022
  • If Federal offices: May 17, 2022

County School Board Candidate Filing begins noon, Jun 6, 2022 and ends noon, Jul 1, 2022
Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Candidate Filing begins noon, Jun 13 and ends noon, Jul 1, 2022

General Election - November 8, 2022


Check Your Registration - Use this tool to check if you are registered. If any information needs changing, complete another voter registration form.


Online registration applications are available for NCDMV customers for free. This service is offered through a partnership between the NC Division of Motor Vehicles and the NC State Board of Elections​. ​

On this site, you will be able to:

  • Register to vote (Note: if you move to a new county, you must re-register)
  • Update physical address
  • Update mailing address
  • Update party affiliation

DEADLINE: Registration applications submitted less than 25 days before an election will not be processed until after the election.

Go To NCDMV online voter registration application

If you are not an NCDMV customer, you may:

Catawba County residents may mail these to: Board of Elections, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658
(multiple registrations may be enclosed in the same envelope)

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 receive 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 Request to Cancel Voter Registration.

Is the person deceased? We need a signed Notice of Deceased Voter form completed by a near relative in order to remove their name.

Thank you for helping us keep the registration rolls accurate.

Update on Photo ID

Currently, photo ID is not required to vote in NC.

  • This page will be updated as new information becomes available from the State Board of Elections.
  • More information on Voter Photo ID requirements is available on the State BOE website: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-ID. Phone: (919) 814-0744.

2021 UOCAVA Notice