Voter Registration Form and Instructions

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North Carolina Voter Registration Application/Update Form

Where Can I Register to Vote?

You should read all information below BEFORE downloading and completing the Voter Registration Application.

A voter registration card will be mailed to you once your registration application or update form has been processed. Keep the card. It tells you the location of your voting place and the districts in which you reside. You may use the card to change your address, if you move within Durham County, or to change your name or party affiliation.

If you move out of Durham County, you may use the card to cancel your registration.

If you have a deceased near relative whose name you wish to have removed from the Voter Registration files, please fill out the Deceased Voter Form and return it to the Board of Elections or the Chief Judge at your polling place.

Requirements for registering to vote in Durham County:

You must be a citizen of the United States.

You are a person 18 years of age or older.

You are a person 17 years of age who will be 18 by the date of the general election.

You have been a legal resident of Durham County of North Carolina for 30 days before the election.
Voter registration is necessary only if:

You have not previously registered in Durham County.

You have had your Durham County registration canceled because you registered in another county or state.

You have had your Durham County registration canceled because you were convicted of a felony and your citizenship rights have now been restored.
Voter registration updates are only required if:

You have moved within Durham County since you registered.

You have changed your name since you registered.

You wish to change your party affiliation.
In order to vote in an election, the voter registration form must be:

Postmarked at least 25 days before the election, or

Delivered to the local board of elections office no later than 5:00 PM on the 25th day before the election
You may use the voter registration form to:

Register To Vote In A County In North Carolina

Change Your Address Within A County In North Carolina

Change Your Name

Change your Political Party

If you have previously registered to vote in the county where you live, you do not need to register again. If you are not sure you are registered in Durham County, call the Durham County Board of Elections at (919) 560-0700.

The county where you currently live is the county where you must register and vote.

You may mail this form to the Durham County Board of Elections (PO Box 868, Durham, N.C. 27702), or

You may hand deliver the form to that office (201 N. Roxboro Street).

If you choose to use this form to register to vote, the office where you have received this form will remain confidential and will be used only for voter registration purposes.

Your full name, address where you live, date of birth, and original signature are mandatory fields and must be filled in. All other fields are extremely important and we request you fill them in.

You may register with any political party recognized in the State of North Carolina. Party affiliation determines the primary in which a voter is eligible to vote. You may also register unaffiliated. If you do not declare a party, you will be registered as unaffiliated. During a partisan primary election, an unaffiliated voter may only vote if a party authorizes unaffiliated voters to vote in their primary.

Download the Voter Registration Application and Instructions

Application -   English

Formularios -  Español 


Deliver completed form to BOE, at 201 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC, 27701 or 
Mail completed form to PO BOX 868 Durham, NC 27702
You may register to vote at the Board of Elections office, at the Department of Motor Vehicles when renewing or updating your license or at any of the following locations:
You can pick up Voter Registration Forms at the following locations:
Durham County Libraries

Durham County Public Health

Main or any Branch or Regional Library

414 East Main Street

For a complete list of locations and hours,

Employment Security Commission

visit the library website at:

1105 South Briggs Avenue

Northgate Mall, Customer Service Center

Customer Service Center

Military Recruitment Centers

3400 Westgate Drive

Department of Social Services

414 East Main Street

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) is a federal statute which mandated dramatic changes to states' voter registration procedures by January 1, 1995. North Carolina has met the deadline and has implemented all aspects of the Act. Congress enacted the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (also known as the "NVRA" and the "Motor Voter Act"), 42 U.S.C. 1973gg-5(a), (b), to enhance voting opportunities for every American and to remove the vestiges of discrimination which have historically resulted in lower voter registration rates of minorities and persons with disabilities. The NVRA has brought new voices to the political process by making it easier for all Americans to exercise their fundamental right to vote.