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Voting FAQs

How do I register to vote?

Registration application forms are available at the following locations:

  • All libraries in Union County
  • All high schools
  • All post offices and town halls
  • The Board of Elections office at 316 B East Windsor St in Monroe
  • Mail to P.O. Box 1106, Monroe NC 28111
  • Register online on the NCDMV website

When are the primaries in Union County held?

Primaries are normally held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of even numbered years and the second primary (run-off, if required) is 7 or 10 weeks later.

How can I learn more about the candidates?

By contacting the individual party headquarters:

Democratic Party


Libertarian Party


Republican Party

Constitution Party


Green Party

How can I vote if I will be out of Union County on Election Day?

1. A voter or the voter’s near relative (spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild) or legal guardian must request an Absentee Ballot Request Form by:

Once the absentee request form is completed, the form must be signed by either the voter or the voter’s near relative/legal guardian. Absentee request forms may only be returned by the voter, the voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian or a MAT. The form must be delivered in person or by the U.S. Postal Service or other designated delivery service (DHL, FedEx, or UPS) to the Union County Board of Elections. Forms may not be faxed or emailed. A completed absentee request form must be received by the Union County Board of Elections not later than 5 P.M. on the Tuesday before the election.

Information about how to complete your absentee ballot and how to return the completed ballot to the Union County Board of Elections can be found here.

2. You may vote during One-Stop Early Voting prior to Election Day. Any voter in the county may vote early at any One-Stop Early Voting location. There is no One-Stop Early Voting on the Monday before Election Day. All voters who have not voted by close of Early Voting on the Saturday before the election must go to their assigned precincts on Tuesday (Election Day) to vote.

How do I find where I should vote?

How many precincts are there in Union County?

There are 52 precincts in Union County. See precinct locations.

I would like to work at the polls on Election Day and want to know how to apply?

If I am 17 years old, when can I register to vote?

If you will be 18 years old on or before the General Election you may register and vote in the Primary Election. You will not be allowed to vote in the Primary for any “special referendums” that would be on the ballot.

Are we using paper ballots or electronic voting equipment in this year’s elections?

Paper ballots, either marked by hand or by a ballot-marking device, are used for all elections, including One-Stop Early Voting. Find Union County's voting system here.

What is the date of the General/Presidential Election?

The General or Presidential Election is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even numbered years. The next Presidential Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

How do I change my address if I have moved?

When you move within a county, you should complete an in-county change of address. This can be completed on your voter identification card, a signed letter to your local board of elections, or on the form specified above. You can also change your address on the voter registration form on the NCDMV website.

When you move from one county to another, you will need to apply for voter registration in your new county of residence. Use the form specified above, request that an application be mailed to you, or pick up a form at any local board of elections or public library. Note that when you move within the State, the law requires that you update the address on your driver's license within 60 days. When you obtain a duplicate drivers license, you may also elect to update your voter registration information as well.

When is the last day to register to vote?

Registrations and changes must be made 25 days before each election.

How do I change my party affiliation?

A voter registration form is used to change your party affiliation. You can also change your address on the voter registration form on the NCDMV website.

This change must be made 25 days before the election. Registered voters may update their party affiliation or unaffiliated status by fax or by email; the form may also be returned in person or by mail. Voters making one of these changes are not required to submit a hard copy of the form with a wet ink signature. For more information, go here.

Do I need a voter card to vote?

No voter card is required to vote in North Carolina

If I am registered “Unaffiliated”, can I vote in the Primary Election?

Yes, you may vote. As of 2020, when participating in a primary election, unaffiliated voters may choose the Democratic, Libertarian, Republican or nonpartisan ballot (if available). They may not choose the Constitution Party or Green Party ballots because those parties have not opened their primaries to unaffiliated voters.

In a general election, voters may vote for the candidate(s) of their choice, regardless of the candidate(s)' party affiliation. Straight-ticket voting (also called straight-party voting) is prohibited in North Carolina.

I was convicted of a felony and have served my sentence as required by law. Can I register to vote?

Yes, a felon whose rights have been restored may register and vote.

I have registered to vote, so will I receive a Voter Registration Card?

Yes, you will receive a Voter Registration Card in about two weeks after your registration is received at the Board of Elections’ office.

Where can I find a sample ballot?

You may view or print a copy of your sample ballot here. Enter your first and last name, then click search. Click your name to view your information.

What hours are the polls open on Election Day?

The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Election Day

Do I have to show my ID at the polls?

Voters are not required to show photo ID at polling places. 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.