Welcome to VoteBuncombe.org - your local, nonpartisan voter education resource for Buncombe County, North Carolina. Our nonpartisan guide will be back for the 2016 General Election in the fall. In the meantime, make sure you are ready to vote in the March Primary Election. You’ll have an opportunity to vote for candidates for US President, US Congress, NC Governor, NC State Legislature, and Buncombe County Commission. To see a list of all candidates running in the primary, click here.
In order to vote in the 2016 March Primary Election, you must be registered by February 19, 2016!
Get prepared to vote in 2016!
- Register to vote by deadline (see important dates below), and make sure your address is current
- Not sure if you're registered to vote, or which districts you live in, or where your polling location is? Click here to visit the NC State Board of Elections website to find out
- Make sure you understand the new Photo ID requirements - see info below.
- Visit our Voter 411 page.
Trouble at the polls? Call the Election Protection Hotline: 1-888-OUR-VOTE
En Español: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA
Important dates for the 2016 Primary Election Election:
- February 19 - Deadline to register to vote in the 2016 March Primary Election.
- March 3 - Early voting for Municipal Election begins. Click here for locations and hours.
- March 12 - Early voting ends
- March 15 - Primary Election Day - you must vote in your precinct polling location. Polls open from 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
What about Voter ID? Beginning in 2016, voters who present to vote — either on the day of a primary or election or during early voting (one-stop absentee voting) — will be required to show a photo ID that bears a reasonable resemblance to the voter.
- Acceptable forms of photo ID include:
- Unexpired North Carolina drivers' license, including a learners' permit or provisional license
- Unexpired North Carolina non-operators identification card (DMV ID Card)
- Unexpired United States passport United States military identification card
- Veterans Identification Card
- Tribal enrollment card issued by a federally recognized tribe
- Tribal enrollment card issued by tribe recognized by North Carolina
- Out-of-state drivers' license or non-operators identification card (valid only if the person's voter registration date in the county is within 90 days of the date of the election)
However, there are some exceptions and no photo ID is required to vote by mail. For full details on the new ID requirements we recommend you check out these two resources:
For more information about the upcoming elections, check your voter registration status, call the Buncombe County Board of Elections at 828-250-4200 or visit buncombecounty.org/vote and check out the online app at voter.buncombecounty.org.