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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 voter:

  • Has moved to another address within Pasquotank County since registering to vote;
  • Has changed their name; or
  • Desires to change their party affiliation.

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 Drive, 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 application online.

Voter Registration Form (English)
El formulario de inscripción del votante (español)  

The application should be mailed to
Pasquotank Board of Elections
PO Box 1797
Elizabeth City, NC 27906-1797

To check your voter registration click here.

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.

Primary Elections

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.

General Elections

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.

Municipal Elections

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.   

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter who is qualified to vote in an election can request and receive a by-mail absentee ballot for any election, whether it is a statewide primary, general election, or special election on constitutional amendments, referenda or bond proposals, or any municipal election in which absentee voting is allowed. No special circumstance or excuse is needed to receive and vote a mail-in absentee ballot.

To receive a mail-in absentee ballot for an election, a voter or the voter’s near relative* or legal guardian must use the State Absentee Ballot Request Form to request the ballot. Request forms are available at the Pasquotank County Board of Elections’ office, here on the Pasquotank County Board of Elections website, and on the State Board of Elections website. The form can be reproduced.

*N.C.G.S. 163-230.1(f) For the purpose of this Article, “near relative” means spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent or stepchild.  

Once the Absentee Application and Certificate is fully executed with all relevant signatures, the voted ballot (contained inside of the container-return envelope) must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date of the election. The envelope may be mailed or delivered in person to the board of elections’ office. Ballots received after 5:00 p.m. on Election Day will be timely ONLY if they are received by mail and bear a postmark that is dated on or before the date of the election and are received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day following the election.
UOCAVA, (military and overseas citizens), The military-overseas voter may return his or her voted ballot, including a FWAB, via mail, fax or email. The deadline to return military-overseas ballots is by the close of polls on Election Day (7:30 p.m. EST). If the ballot is received later than that hour, it will not be timely, unless the voter transmitted the ballot by 12:01 a.m. on the day of the election (voter time) and the county board receives the ballot by the last business day before the county canvass. The county canvass is normally conducted 10 days after the General Election and 7 days after other elections. When returning the ballot by mail, no postmark is required.

One-Stop No-Excuse Absentee Voting (Early Voting)

One-Stop No-Excuse absentee voting begins 1½ weeks before all elections and ends on the Saturday before every election.  Any qualified registered voter is eligible to vote during One-Stop

Election Day
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.  A voter may find their polling place and its location by clicking here.

Voters with questions regarding their respective polling place should call the Board of Elections Office at 252-335-1739. 

Voting Equipment
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.

Curbside Voting
Curb-side voting is available at the Board of Elections for One-Stop Voting and all polling locations on Election Day to any voter who, because of a physical disability, is not able to enter the polling place.

For more information, please visit the N.C. State Board of Elections website at www.ncsbe.gov

The Elections Office is located at 1409 Parkview Dr,, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. <map>


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