Voting isn’t just a right, it’s a responsibility of citizenship. Every time we have an election, it’s our opportunity to influence the direction of our local, state, and federal government. The right to vote must be protected, but it must also be exercised.
1. Registering to Vote
There are two ways to register to vote (or update your voter registration) in North Carolina:
- One-Stop Early Voting: You can register and vote on the same day! Come to One-Stop Early Voting with any of the following:
- North Carolina driver license
- Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, so long as the card bears the voter’s current name and current address.
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address
- A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation
For more information about one-stop early voting, see the NCSBE website.
- Traditional Registration: Fill out this form and return it to your county Board of Elections. Or click here register to vote online via the DMV.
To check your voter registration and make sure it’s up to date, use the voter registration lookup form on the NCSBE website.
2. Learn About the Candidates
There are three main ways for folks in Craven County to vote in the 2022 Primary election: Absentee-by-mail voting, One-Stop Early voting, or voting on Election Day.
VOTING TWICE IN AN ELECTION IS A FELONY. Be prepared and make your voting plan now. Vote smart, vote once per election.
Absentee By-Mail Voting
Absentee-by-mail voting is fairly self-explanatory. A voter fills out a request form for an absentee ballot, then mails it to their county board of elections. The BOE will process the form and mail the voter a ballot, which the voter should complete, have witnessed, and return by mail. The witness can be anyone who is 18 years of age or older.
Any registered North Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot by mail. No excuse is needed to vote by absentee. To request an absentee ballot, complete and submit the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form. Or click here to visit the Absentee Ballot Request Portal. All sections of the absentee ballot must be filled out in order to have the ballot counted, and require the signatures of TWO witnesses. Requests for absentee ballots by-mail may be made on the state absentee request form and received in the Craven County Board of Elections office no later than Tuesday, May 10 at 5:00 PM.
For more information about Absentee-By-Mail voting, check the NCSBE website.
One-Stop Early Voting
Don’t want to worry about long lines on Election Day? Stop by One-Stop Early voting and get your vote in. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to vote early and bring as many friends, family members, and neighbors with them as possible!
Skip the line and vote early at any of four convenient locations throughout Craven County!
If you need to register to vote or update your registration, you can do it at One-Stop Early Voting! If you’re registering or updating your registration at One-Stop Early Voting, make sure you bring a photo ID and proof of residence (utility bill, lease agreement, etc.) with you. The One-Stop Early Voting period will begin 8 AM Thursday, April 28 and end at 3 PM on Saturday, May 14. The hours of operation will be weekdays 8 AM – 7:30 PM and Saturdays May 7 & May 14 will be 8 AM – 3 PM. Please note: you cannot change your party affiliation during One-Stop.
New Bern: Craven County Board of Elections
406 Craven St., New Bern
Cove City: Cove City Fire Department
425 S. Main St., Cove City
Vanceboro: Vanceboro Fire Department
375 NC Highway 43, Vanceboro
Havelock: New Beginnings Ministry of Faith
30 Park Lane, Havelock
Voting on Election Day – No Voter ID Required
Some people just love the Election Day experience. We get that. There’s nothing quite like going into that booth on a Tuesday and being given that fancy “I Voted” sticker when you leave.
Election Day for the 2022 Primary election in North Carolina is Tuesday, May 17.
Polls will be open from 6:30AM until 7:30PM. Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the May 17, 2022 primary election. In a December 31, 2019 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court.”
To find your polling place, use the voter registration lookup form on the NCSBE website.