Options for Casting Your Ballot This Year

Who Can Vote in this Election

Registered Watauga County voters. This includes students living in dorms on ASU’s campus. If you are living in Watauga County and are not registered to vote, you can register and vote on the same day during the early voting period.  You do not need an ID to vote unless you are a first time voter or registering to vote and vote on the same day.

Option #1: Vote Before Election Day (“early vote”)

All registered and non-registered Watauga County residents (ASU students who live in dorms are Watauga residents) can vote during the early voting period.

Early voting begins Wednesday, October 17th and runs through Saturday, November 3rd at all early voting sites. Early voting will be open at all sites from 7AM 7PM on weekdays, and from 8AM-1PM on Saturday, November 3rd.

Please consider casting your early ballot at the ASU Student Union early voting site so we can ensure this site for future elections. Parking for voters at the Student Union is free.

NOTE: If you are a registered voter who has changed addresses since the last election or since you registered to vote, you should vote during the early voting period in order to update your address and cast your ballot at the same time.

Early Voting Locations

  • The ASU Student Union (free parking)
  • The downtown Boone Administration Building (beside the Courthouse) (free parking)
  • The Meat Camp Fire Department
  • The Deep Gap Fire Department
  • Blowing Rock Town Hall
  • Western Watauga Community Center

How to Register and Vote on the Same Day During Early Voting

You CAN register to vote and vote on the same day during the early voting period. You CANNOT register and vote on Election Day itself, November 6th.

Same day registrants must prove their residence by presenting any of the following documents showing their current name and current address (NOTE: Current address means the document is no more than three months old): (1) NC Driver’s license (if the address on the license is where you currently live); or (2) A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or any other government document if it has your name and Watauga County address; or (3) A student transcript, tuition statement, invoice, or any receipt issued by the college or university (ASU has sent all ASU dorm students a copy of the document they need to prove residency for voting in October via email); or (4) Documents issued by a temporary or transitional housing facility.

ASU Students living in dorms wishing to register and vote on the same day can show their ASU Student ID and any document from ASU that has your name and on-campus housing address. This information can be presented when you go to vote in hard copy OR from your cell phone.

Option #2: Vote on Election Day, Nov. 6th

You must be a registered Watauga County voter to vote on election day. Polls are open on Election Day from 6:30AM-7:30PM. You can vote at your regular election day precinct (your “designated” precinct) or any other Watauga County precinct on election day if you are a registered Watauga County voter. You cannot register to vote and vote on election day.

You can Vote at any Watauga County Precinct on Election Day by Provisional Ballot

You can vote “out of your designated precinct” on election day if you are a registered voter. You can go to any Election Day precinct (Legends for example) on election day and vote a provisional ballot (be sure to ask for it) even if your designated election day precinct is located elsewhere. As long as you are verified as a registered voter living within Watauga County, your provisional ballot WILL count.

NOTE: The precinct judges are required to tell you if you arrive at a precinct other than your designated precinct that you have three options: (1) Go to your correct precinct to vote, OR (2) go to the transfer precinct to vote (the Courthouse downtown), OR (3) cast a provisional ballot.

Election Day Polling Locations

If you do not know the location of your “home” precinct, call the Watauga County Board of Elections at 828.265.8061.

  • Todd Fire Deapartment
  • Beaver Dam Fire Department
  • Blowing Rock Town Hall
  • Laurel Fork Baptist Church
  • Watauga County Admin Building (beside the Courthouse on King Street)
  • Legends (on the ASU campus)
  • Oak Grove Baptist Church
  • Western Watauga Community Center
  • Stewart Simmons Fire Department
  • Cove Creek Fire Department
  • Meat Camp Fire Department
  • Agricultural Conference Center
  • Boone Town Hall
  • Three Forks Baptist Association
  • Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
  • Edgar Eller’s Garage
  • Matney Community Center
  • Deep Gap Fire Department
  • Foscoe Fire Department
  • Buckeye Recreational Center

Option #3: Request that an Absentee Ballot be Mailed to You

Go HERE : print out and fill out the Absentee Ballot Request form and mail it to: Watauga County Board of Elections • PO Box 528 • Boone, NC 28607 OR print out and fill out the Absentee Ballot Request form, sign it, scan it, and email it to Donna.Houck@watgov.org

Once you receive your absentee ballot, you will need two witnesses (or one notary) to sign it before you return it to the Board of Elections. Your witnesses do not have to be registered voters. Witnesses must be at least 18 years of age and can be family members. Witnesses do not have to be residents of Watauga County. Candidates for the election CANNOT be witnesses to your Ballot. It will cost you 98 cents (two “forever” stamps) to return your ballot.

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