Pasquotank County has permanent and continuous voter registration. Once a person has registered to vote, they cannot be removed permanently for non-voting. If a voter moves from one county into another and registers to vote in their new county of residence, they are required, by law, to cancel their previous registration.
To be eligible to vote, a person must:
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Be a resident of North Carolina and Pasquotank
County for 30 days prior to an election;
- Be 18 years of age by the next general election;
- If convicted of a felony, have their citizenship
rights restored before registering to vote.
Voter registration must be updated if a
- Has moved to another address within Pasquotank
County since registering to vote;
- Has changed their name; or
- Desires to change their party affiliation.
If you are 16-17 years of age, you may preregister to vote. When you become eligible by age to vote, the county board of elections will automatically process your voter registration application. After you are preregistered, if you move, you must notify the county board of elections where you initially preregistered of your new address. If you move to another county, you must preregister or register to vote in that county. You must be 18 years of age by the next general election, although you may register and vote at age 17 in a primary election, as long as you will be 18 by the date of the general election; however, you may not vote for any referenda until you are 18 years of age.
Deadline for registering to vote
The deadline for registering to vote in an election in North Carolina and Pasquotank County is twenty-five (25) calendar days before the date of an election. Voter Registration Application, if submitted by mail, must be postmarked by the deadline. Any agency and DMV applications that are completed by the deadline are also valid.
Where to register to vote in Pasquotank County
- Board of Elections office (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am
- 5:00 pm)
- 1409 Parkview Dr, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
- Public Library
- Local High Schools
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Public Assistance Agencies
You may also download and print a voter registration
Voter Registration Form (English)
El formulario de inscripción del votante (español)
The application should be mailed to
Pasquotank Board of
PO Box 1797
Elizabeth City, NC
To check your voter registration click
Persons may register with any recognized party
in the State of North Carolina, or as Unaffiliated. If you
do not declare a party on your registration application you
will be registered as Unaffiliated.
A Primary is an election in which candidates are nominated. The nominees of each party are placed on the ballot in the General Election following the primaries. North Carolina holds “closed” primary elections, which means voters registered with a political party may only vote in the party’s primary in which they are registered. Voters registered as ‘Unaffiliated’ may choose to vote in a party primary, provided the political party has opened their primaries to unaffiliated voters. Unaffiliated voters who choose not to vote in a party primary may choose to vote a non-partisan ballot.
A General Election is an election in which candidates are elected. Any qualified registered voter is eligible to vote in a General Election and may vote for any candidate of their choice, regardless of political party affiliation. General elections are held every two (2) years in even-numbered years.
The City of Elizabeth City Municipal elections are conducted by the Pasquotank County Board of Elections and are held every two (2) years in odd numbered years. The municipal elections held in Elizabeth City are the ‘Non-Partisan with Run-off Method’, requiring a fifty percent-plus-one majority of votes for winning candidates in the initial election. Any qualified registered voter residing within the Elizabeth City limits may vote in a municipal election. Absentee ballots are made available 30 days prior to the municipal election day.
Any qualified registered voter may request and receive an absentee ballot by-mail. No excuse is needed.
To receive an absentee ballot by mail, a voter must:
- Make a written request for the ballot and include name, address and date of birth. If the ballot is to be mailed to a different address than that which is on record for the voter, the mailing address should be indicated on the request.
- Sign the request and mail to the Board of Elections at the following address:
Pasquotank County Board of Elections
PO Box 1797
Elizabeth City, NC 27906-1797
If a person requests an absentee ballot by-mail, indicating the reason as being due to sickness or disability expected to last the remainder of the calendar year, that person’s request will be valid for the entire election cycle for that year.
A near relative, (defined by law as spouse, parent, child, grandchild, brother, sister, grandparent, step-child, step-parent, in-laws or legal guardian), may appear at the Board of Elections office and complete an absentee request on behalf of a voter. The Elections office will mail the voter the appropriate ballot.
Absentee voted ballots, if delivered in person by the voter or near relative, must be received in the Elections Office by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. If the ballot is returned by mail, the return envelope must be postmarked by the date of the electionand received in the Board of Elections office not later than three (3) days after the election date, by 5:00 p.m., for the ballot to be accepted and counted by the Board of Elections.
Civilian absentee voted ballots must be received in the Elections Office by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.
UOCAVA, (military and overseas citizens), absentee voted ballots, (if the ballot is returned by mail), must be received in the Board of Elections office not later than three (3) days after the election date, by 5:00 p.m., for the ballot to be accepted and counted by the Board of Elections.
Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard), merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their family members, and citizens outside the United States. Click here for more information.
One-Stop No-Excuse Absentee Voting (Early Voting)
One-Stop No-Excuse absentee voting begins 2½ weeks before all elections and ends on the Saturday before every election. Any qualified registered voter is eligible to vote during One-Stop. Any person who has not registered by the deadline, (25 days prior to an election), may register and vote on the same day during the One-Stop period. However, a person may not register and vote on Election Day. Please click here for guidelines on how to register and vote during the One-Stop voting period.
The location for One-Stop voting is in the Board of Elections Office, 1409 Parkvew Drive. The hours for voting are 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election, unless otherwise specified. One-Stop voting ends on the Saturday before every election.
Voters must go to their regular precinct polling place to vote on Election Day. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. in every precinct. A voter may find their polling place and it’s location by clicking here.
Voters with questions regarding their respective polling place should call the Election Office at 335-1739.
Pasquotank County uses
optical scan voting equipment. Handicap accessible
voting equipment is available at the Board of Elections
office during One-Stop voting and at every polling
location on Election Day.
Curb-side voting is available
at the Board of Elections for One-Stop Voting and all
polling place locations on Election Day to any voter
who, because of a physical disability, is not able to
enter the polling place.
David R Brown, Director
Kelli Price, Deputy Director
PO Box 1797
1409 Parkview Dr
Elizabeth City, NC
The Elections Office is located at 1409 Parkview Dr,, Elizabeth
City, NC 27909.