Register to Vote

Who Can Register

You may register to vote in Onslow County if the following conditions are met:
  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are 18 years of age or will be by the next General Election.
  • You are a resident of Onslow County and have been so for at least 30 days before an election.
  • You have your rights of Citizenship. (If you have been convicted of a felony you have lost these rights. You must complete your probation and/or parole in order to have them restored and be eligible to register or re-register.)

How To Register

To check if you are already registered to vote, you may visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections Voter Search page.

You may register in person at the Elections Office, the Department of Motor Vehicles or any Onslow County Public Library. You may also register by mail.

A voter registration form can be found on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.  You may also pick one up at any library, town hall or the Elections Office.

Your Onslow County voter registration will permit you to vote in national, state and county elections.

When To Register

The registration books close 25 days before each election. Persons who are not registered in the county may register to vote during the one-stop early voting period. This process is called “Same-Day Registration.”. You may still register after the books close but will not be able to vote until the next election.

Party Affiliation

You may register in any political party of your choice. The parties recognized in North Carolina are:
  • Republican
  • Democratic
  • Libertarian
If you register with no party, you will be listed as Unaffiliated. During a primary you must vote with your party. If you are registered unaffiliated, you must designate which ballot you would like to vote (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, or Nonpartisan).

What Happens After I Register?

After the Board of Elections receives your completed registration it will be processed. Once processed you will receive a card with your voting information. This card will tell you where you go to vote and it will also show what party you registered with.

If any of the information is incorrect, make the corrections on the right hand side of the card and mail it back to our office. You will receive another card with the correct information.

Your voter registration card is yours to keep.

Maintaining Your Registration

You must fill out a new voter registration form each time that you move, have a name change or want to change your party.

If you are previously registered within this county, you may fill out the changed information on your voter registration card, sign it, and mail that back to the Election's Office.