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United Way is committed to the idea that when citizens give, advocate and volunteer, our community is stronger. Voting is one way to advocate. This page offers resources and links to educate you on issues and the voting process in general. This page will be updated with the latest information. Should you have questions, please contact ronkatz327@gmail.com or call 828-768-4559.

Voting Information and Resources

2017 Elections: Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th. This year, not all of Buncombe County will have elections.
  • The following will have elections this year: Asheville, Black Mountain, Montreat, Weaverville and Woodfin. 
  • IMPORTANT: Asheville will have a referendum asking voters whether they want to establish districts for the City. The referendum question being posed is whether Asheville should have 6 districts where candidates running and people voting must come from that district. If approved, Asheville residents would only be able to vote for 2 members of City Council — the Mayor and their district representative. Presently, all residents have a voice to vote for all 7 members of City Council.
  • IMPORTANT: Early Voting starts Thursday, October 19. Go to this link to get the details.
NEW:  The League of Women Voters has scheduled Candidate forums for all municipalities holding elections this year. Candidate forums and other events/activities related to the upcoming election and voting can be found on this calendar
 
IMPORTANT: The US Court of Appeals for the 4th District on Friday, July 29th, 2016, overturned many elements of the 2013 NC Voter Law. Here are five key changes that everyone should know:
  1. You do NOT need a photo ID to vote in elections according to this ruling.
  2. Early Voting returns to 17 days.
  3. Same day registration is back for Early Voting. That means you can register and vote during Early Voting.
  4. Out-of-precinct voting now requires the Board of Elections in each county to count the provisional ballot of an Election Day voter who appears at the wrong precinct, but in the correct county. However, your votes will only count for those candidates or issues that are on your ballot
  5. Pre-registration is permitted for 16- and 17-year-olds, when obtaining driver’s licenses or attending high school registration drives, to identify themselves and indicate their intent to vote when they turn 18. 

IMPORTANT: How can I check whether I am registered at my current address under my current name? The NC Board of Elections Public Voter Search page offers you the opportunity to check your registration.

  1. Enter your full first and last name and check the "I am not a robot" box. For common names, you can also select your county to filter responses. Select the link with your name and you will get your Voter Information page.
  2. If you are registered at your current address under your current name, that is great! On the same Voter Information page that lists your registration, you will see a link for your general election ballot near the bottom of the page under Sample Ballots. Hit the link to get your ballot.
  3. If you are not registered at your current address under your current name, you can do so by voting early.

If I have questions about voting, what is the best resource to get my questions answered? The Buncombe County Board of Elections is a valuable resource. You can call them at 250-4200 or visit their office at 77 McDowell Street in Asheville.

How can I get the latest information on voting? United Way encourages people to pledge to vote. By pledging to vote, you will receive e-newsletters before elections with updated, nonpartisan information on the election.