*ANNOUNCEMENT* In-Person Early Voting for the March 5 Primary is set to begin tomorrow, February 15 and will end on March 2. Voters may go to any of the three Early Voting sites and cast their ballot during the Early Voting period. Click Here for a Schedule.
*ALERT* Due to renovations the following precincts have been moved. If you live within the Beaverdam 7, Hazelwood, or Beaverdam 1 precincts and you wait until March 5 to cast your ballot, you will need to go to the following respective location….
Beaverdam 7 precinct
New Location: Meadowbrook Elementary School (gymnasium) at 85 Morning Star Rd in Canton, NC 28716
New Location: Haywood County Schools Conference (next to Folkmoot center) at 112 Virginia Ave # B in Waynesville, NC 28786
Beaverdam 1 precinct
New Location: Canton Middle School (gymnasium) at 60 Penland St in Canton, NC 28716
If you wish to cast your vote between February 15 – March 2, you can do so at any of the 3 Early Voting locations. CLICK HERE FOR AN EARLY VOTING SCHEDULE
Some Upcoming, Important Dates
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 - VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Be sure to register or update your existing registration by 5:00 PM on February 9. See the tab below to register or update your registration. To find out if and where you are registered, use this VOTER LOOKUP TOOL
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 - IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING BEGINS
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 - IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING ENDS
TUESDAY, MARCH 5 – ELECTION DAY
Photo ID Requirement for Voting
Voters will be asked to show photo ID when voting in North Carolina. For most voters, they will simply show their driver license or state identification card. But there are many other acceptable photo IDs listed at Voter ID | NCSBE. If a voter does not have an acceptable photo ID, they may obtain a No-Fee ID at NCDMV.
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One-Stop Absentee Early Voting
One-Stop Absentee Early Voting (commonly known as "early voting") allows any registered voter to cast their ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day. This shouldn’t be confused with Absentee By Mail voting. One-stop (Early Voting) is considered "Absentee" because any vote not cast on Election Day is referred to as "Absentee Voting". Any Haywood County registered voter can vote One-Stop (Early Voting) at our Early Voting sites. The purpose of Early Voting is to provide a convenient way for citizens to cast their ballot in person, who otherwise may not be able to make it to their regular polling location on Election Day.
For the 2022 General Election, 3 early voting locations will be open. Any registered voter in Haywood County can cast their vote early, in-person at the following locations...
Civilian Absentee-By-Mail Voting
Any North Carolina registered voter may request, receive, and vote a mail-in absentee ballot. No special circumstance or reason is needed. Registered voters in North Carolina must request an absentee ballot with an official N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form. If need be, a near relative can make the request for you. A near relative is defined by the state of NC as a Spouse, Brother/Sister, Parent/Stepparent, Mother/Father-in-law, Child/Stepchild, Son/Daughter-in-law, Grandparent/Grandchild. There are two ways to access and submit the form:
2) On paper with the N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form for 2024
Accessible Absentee Voting
If you are a blind or visually impaired voter in North Carolina, you can request, mark, and return an accessible absentee ballot online through a system that is compatible with screen readers and that allows for a digital or typed signature. Learn more at Accessible Absentee Voting.
If you live at a facility such as a hospital, clinic, or nursing home, find details about receiving assistance with mail-in voting and other services provided by a multipartisan assistance team (MAT) at Assistance for Voters in Care Facilities.
You can do more than just vote! Complete the online application and receive information about becoming a paid Precinct Official today.
It takes more than 150 paid, dedicated volunteers to operate Haywood County polling places each election.
These people are your friends, co-workers, and neighbors who volunteer days of paid service to ensure you can cast your ballot on Election Day.
We need your help, too! More Precinct Officials are needed in your neighborhood. Do your part to provide voting opportunities in your community.
About the Board of Elections
Each county in North Carolina has a Board of Elections. It is a five-person bipartisan board appointed every two years by the State Board of Elections. County Board members take an oath and begin their two-year terms on the Tuesday following the third Monday in July in odd-numbered years.
Responsibilities of the Haywood County Board of Elections
The Board of Elections is responsible for conducting all elections held in Haywood County. The Board administers, locally, State election laws. Principal functions include establishing Election precincts and voting sites; appointing and training precinct officials; preparing and distributing ballots and voting equipment; canvassing and certifying the ballots cast in Elections; and investigating any voting irregularities. It maintains voter registration, voting records, and provides public data on voters and Elections.