Register to Vote

Eligibility to Vote

Eligible voters must meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a U.S. citizen either by birth or naturalization.
  2. You have been a Rowan County resident for 30 days prior to an election.
  3. You are 18 years of age or will be as of the date of the next November Election. 
    • A prospective voter can submit a registration form up to two years before his/her 18th birthday If he/she will be 18 at the time of the next general election. 
    • 17 year-olds may vote in a primary election if they will be 18 at the time of the general election.
  4. You are not are not in jail or prison for a felony conviction.

You do not need to re-register to vote before each election. If you are unsure of the status of your voter registration you can check online at Voter Search ( or call the Rowan County Board of Elections office at 704-216-8140.

Voter Application Deadline

To be eligible to vote on Election Day in an upcoming election, a completed voter application must be postmarked or delivered to the Board of Elections twenty-five (25) days before the election. Voters who miss the deadline can still register and vote at One-Stop/Early Voting.

Residence Changes

Voter registration is not transferable from county to county or from state to state. If you move you must do one of the following:

  • If your residence changes within the county (you moved but stayed in Rowan County), you need to update your address on a North Carolina English Voter Registration (PDF) form and submit it to our office or complete the voter registration form at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) in-person when you go to update your driver's license or online through the DMV portal on the DMV website .
  • If you move to another county or state, you will need to complete a new voter application in the county or state where you moved. You should also cancel your registration with Rowan County by submitting a Voter Registration Cancellation form to our office by mail or email the completed form to

Am I registered to vote? 

Complete or Update your Registration Online through DMV 

NC English Voter Registration Form (PDF) 

NC Spanish Voter Registration Form (PDF) 

Registration applications are also available at local libraries, high schools and social services offices. For example: 

  • Department of Social Services (DSS)
  • Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
  • Employment Security Commission
  • Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Voter Cancellation Form 

Deceased Voter Form