Early Voting Locations

Early Voting is available at various locations in the county. You may go to any open Early Voting site to vote 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 an Early Voting location. workers will register you and allow you to vote with proper ID (see types of ID below).

Early Voting Locations

5 County-Wide Locations (even-numbered years)

2 Municipal Election Locations (November of odd-numbered years)

Note: For a City of Hickory Primary, only the Highland Recreation Center will be open as an Early Voting site for the Hickory October Primary.

All locations are normally open on even-numbered years.
During municipal elections (odd-numbered years) only the Newton Library and Hickory's Highland Recreation Center locations are open.
No electioneering is allowed within 50 feet of the entrance of all Early Voting polling locations.

Buffer Zone Notice - Catawba County polling places and a description of each buffer zone concerning Early Voting and Election Day electioneering.

Who can vote at a Catawba County Early Voting ?

If a ballot is available for your jurisdiction and party affiliation, the Early Voting locations are available to:

  • Catawba County registered voters
  • Catawba County residents (meeting the voter qualifications below) wishing to register and vote at the same time

To register to vote in North Carolina, a person must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a resident of the county, and prior to voting in an election, must have resided at his or her residential address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  • Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election. 16- and 17-year-olds may pre-register by submitting a completed registration form. (Note: A 17-year-old may vote in a Primary if they will be 18 on or before the General election.)
  • Must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole). If previously convicted of a felony, the person’s citizenship rights must be restored. Citizenship and voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of the sentence. No special document is required to be shown; however, you must re-register after your voting rights have been restored.
  • Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.
  • Must reside in the the county and will have lived at your voting residence for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.

If you are registering to vote at an Early Voting site, you will be required to show proof of residency:

  • a current and valid photo ID (with your correct physical address), or
  • a copy of one of the following documents showing the name and address of the voter:
    • a current utility bill
    • bank statement
    • government check
    • paycheck
    • other government document
    • college and university roster used in conjunction with school photo ID.

At Early Voting, you may:

  • Register to vote
  • Vote your ballot (if you have one available)
  • Change your name
  • Change your physical address (if you moved more than 30 days before the election)
  • Add or update a mailing address
  • Obtain assistance for physically disabled and elderly voters via
    • curbside voting,
    • ADA Ballot Marking Devices (ExpressVote), or
    • requesting an Election Official to assist you. They have sworn an oath to assist (without bias) in reading and/or marking your ballot as you direct

Note: The deadline to change your Party Affiliation is 25 days before the election. Party Changes CANNOT be made during early voting.

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.

Questions and Answers

Yes. If you are a resident of Catawba County and meet the voting criteria, you may vote at any of the locations that are open. Please note that on election day, state law requires that you vote only at your designated precinct’s polling location.

If you have not registered to vote in Catawba County, you may still register and vote at an Early Voting location if you have been a resident of the county 30 days before the election. You will be required to show proof of residency when you register and vote during Early Voting. You may NOT vote on election day.

Yes. Anyone, because of age or physical disability, may vote Curbside. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID or have been exposed recently to someone with COVID, you are encouraged to vote Curbside.

Pull into a Curbside parking space. A Worker will come out to your vehicle to check you in and then bring your ballot if you are eligible. Curbside Voting is only available to those taking an oath affirming that “because of age or physical disability” they cannot enter the polling facility. Anyone accompanying the curbside voter who wishes to vote is required to vote inside (unless they, too, meet the curbside oath criteria).

Other voting options available for voters in North Carolina:

  • By Mail: Anyone may request an Absentee By Mail ballot
  • Election Day: Curbside voting is available at all precincts on Election Day.