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.


Photo ID is required for 2023 Municipal Elections

Voter Eligibility for People Serving Felony Sentences

Candidate Campaign Information

Campaign Finance Reports - Select the calendar year for campaign reports you are interested in searching.

Voter Registration

Check Your Registration verify registration information. Is your Name/Address corrrect? Is your party affiliation what you want?

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]

  • Qualifications to register - Follow this link
  • New voters and new residents to the county (if not using the DMV Portal) are required to submit a hard copy of an original signed Voter Registration Form. Mail signed registrations to: Board of Elections, PO Box 132, Newton, NC 28658
  • 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).
  • Felons - Latest updates for Registering as a Person in the Criminal Justice System

See VIDEO on Registering to Vote in NC

When registering as a voter (or updating your registration), you may choose to associate with one of the four following political parties:

  • Democratic
  • Republican
  • Green
  • Libertarian

You may also choose to be Unaffiliated. During a partisan primary, unaffiliated voters may vote by choosing one party's ballot.

2023 Election Calendar2023 Offices up for Election

Municipal Candidate Filing

  • Filing Begins - noon, July 7, 2023
  • Filing Ends - noon, July 21, 2023

City School Board Filing

  • Filing Begins - noon, August 18, 2023
  • Newton-Conover School Filing Ends: noon, September 8, 2023
  • Hickory City Schools Filing Ends: 5pm, September 8, 2023

Hickory Primary (if needed)

  • One-Stop: Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 3pm, Saturday, October 7, 2023
  • Election Day: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Municipal Elections

  • One-Stop: Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 3pm, Saturday, November 4, 2023
  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

All dates and times are subject to change

2024 Election Calendar2024 Offices up for Election

Partisan Candidate Filing

  • Filing Begins - noon, December 4, 2023
  • Filing Ends - noon, December 15, 2023

Presidential Primary

  • One-Stop: Thursday, Feb 15, 2024 - 3pm, Saturday, March 2, 2024
  • Primary Election Day: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 (6:30am - 7:30pm)

Second Primary (if needed)

Runoff WITHOUT Federal RaceRunoff WITH Federal Race
  • Thur, April 4, 2024 - 3pm, Sat, Apr 20, 2024
  • Thur, Apr 25, 2024 - 3pm, Sat, May 11, 2024
2nd Primary:
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024 (6:30am-7:30pm)
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024 (6:30am-7:30pm)

Non-Partisan Soil & Water / School Board Filing

  • School Board Filing Begins - noon, June 3, 2024
  • Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Filing Begins - noon, June 10, 2024
  • Filing Ends: noon, July 5, 2024

Presidential Election

  • One-Stop: Thursday, October 17, 2024 - 3pm, Saturday, November 2, 2024
  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 5, 2024

All dates and times are subject to change

February 23, 2022 - NC Supreme Court approved NC House and Senate Maps and approved an interim US Congressional Map.

Catawba County - 10th US Congressional District

2022 Interim
US Congressional Map

(Click for Full PDF map)

Catawba County - 45th NC Senate District

2022 NC Senate Map

(Click for Full PDF map)

Catawba County - NC House 89th & 96th Districts

2022 NC House Map

(Click for Full PDF map)

Precinct Detail Map

Maps updated 2-23-2022

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

Current Status: Photo ID Required for Voting.

Signs are not allowed in Right-of-Way
until 30 days before voting begins

The General Assembly of North Carolina passed Senate Bill 315 in August of 2011 that permits campaign signs in the right-of-way. Signs are permitted during the period beginning on the 30th day before the beginning date of "one-stop" early voting and ending the 10th day after the primary or election day.

Note: a city ordinance may prohibit or regulate placement of political signs on streets within the corporate limits.

2022 General Election: First day in which signs may be placed in right-of-way is September 20th (One-Stop begins October 20th)

Signs must be placed in accordance with the following -- per NCGS §136-32(d):

  1. No sign shall be permitted in the right-of-way of a fully controlled access highway.
  2. No sign shall be closer than three feet from the edge of the pavement of the road.
  3. No sign shall obscure motorist visibility at an intersection.
  4. No sign shall be higher than 42 inches above the edge of the pavement of the road.
  5. No sign shall be larger than 864 square inches.
  6. No sign shall obscure or replace another sign.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has the authority to remove any signs that violate these rules. If anyone else removes or vandalizes a sign, they could be subject to a Class 3 misdemeanor citation from law enforcement.

Determining the Right of Way

NC DOT Contact Information - Please direct all complaints to the local NCDOT County Maintenance Office. NCDOT's maintenance field employees assist in removing signs that are illegally placed within the state highway right-of-way. Citizens who do not want to use the online portal can call the main NCDOT number at 1-877-368-4968 (1-877-DOT-4YOU).


Uniformed and Overseas Citizens

FVAP.gov | Voting assistance for Service members, their families and overseas citizens

  • Military and Overseas voters wishing to vote must submit a new application each calendar year
  • For more information, visit FVAP.gov or call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683) Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm EST