Register to Vote

Link to registration

You may register to vote in Macon County if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States - and
  • A person 18* years of age or older - and
*(Exception: Seventeen-year-olds who will be 18 by or on General Election Day may register to vote no earlier than 60 days nor later than 25 days prior to the  Primary and vote in their party’s Primary Election. After the Primary Election, 17-year-olds who will be 18 by or on General Election Day may register to vote, but may only vote in Primaries until they are 18 years of age.)

  • A legal resident of Macon County and North Carolina for 30 days by the date of the next election.
  • A person convicted of a felony may register if citizenship rights have been restored.
You need to register to vote only if you:

  • are not registered to vote in this County - or
  • have been placed in an inactive registration file.

You need to update your registration if you: 

  • have moved within Macon County since you registered to vote - or
  • have changed your name - or
  • wish to change your party affiliation.

Party Affiliation

When you register, you will be asked to declare your party affiliation. You may register in one of the following ways:

  • Democrat
  • Republican
  • Unaffiliated
  • Libertarian
  • Green
  • Constitutional

During a partisan primary election, all voters are eligible to vote for candidates. Only voters who are at least 18 years old may vote in referendums or bond elections. Party affiliation determines the primary in which a voter is eligible to vote. A voter registered Unaffiliated is currently allowed to vote in the Democratic or Republican Primary. The individual party has the authority to permit Unaffiliated voters to vote in its primary.


If you have a change of address -
To vote without delay in any local, state or national primary or election, a person must file a change of address at least 25 days prior to election day.

Voter Information

You will be assigned to a voting precinct when you register to vote or change your address. The Board of Elections will issue a "Voter Registration Card" to you which will list your voting place.

All voting places in Macon County are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

Absentee Voting 

Absentee voting is comprised of two methods by which registered voters may cast ballots other than the traditional method of appearing in person and casting a ballot on the day of the election. These methods are as follows:

  1. Absentee by Mail 
  2. Absentee One-Stop 
The deadline for persons to register in order to be eligible to vote in the election is 5:00 p.m. on the twenty-fifth day before the election, if submitted in person.

If registering by mail, it must be postmarked at least 25 days before the election. A prospective voter must be registered to vote in the county in which he or she is attempting to vote.

For example, if a voter is registered and resides in County A, the voter may not vote at a site in County B.

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