Am I eligible to vote?
Click the View My Voter Info button to find out:
Am I registered to vote?
Am I registered at my current address?
What is my registered party affiliation?
What are my voting districts?
What does my sample ballot look like?
Where is my polling place?
When are the polls open?
The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
Where can I view specific information about upcoming elections?
Visit our Upcoming Election Information page to view specific information about upcoming elections. Information is posted as it becomes available and includes:
Upcoming election dates
Lists of candidates
Information about absentee by mail voting
Information about early voting
How does the voting process work?
When you enter the polling place, you will begin at a station where poll workers look up your name in a book to make sure you are registered to vote. You will be required to verbally state your name and current address (and party affiliation if it is a partisan primary). The poll worker will verify that you are registered to vote at the address stated.
After confirming this information, the poll worker will issue a form that you will take to a second station. At this station, you will exchange the form for a ballot. The ballot will contain contests that match the jurisdictions of your residence address.
You will carry your ballot to a voting booth and mark your choices by filling in bubbles with the ink pen provided. Poll workers will be available to assist you if you have questions.
After marking your ballot, you will place it into an optical scanner. The machine will read and count your choices, then it will store your ballot in a locked bin under the scanner.
May I go to any polling place in McDowell County?
On Election Day, you vote in your assigned precinct in order to make sure you receive a ballot that contains all races for which you are eligible to vote. If you do not vote in your correct precinct on Election Day, you must vote a provisional ballot. If you think you may not make it to your precinct on Election Day, please consider voting early at an early voting site or absentee by mail. More early voting and absentee by mail information can be found here.
Is it important that I update my address before Election Day if I have moved?
Yes. If you have moved and do not update your address before the voter registration deadline, you will not be listed in the Poll Book at your new polling place.
If you plan to vote on Election Day, It is important to complete and submit a voter registration application before the election’s registration deadline.
If you plan to vote at an early voting location, you may update your address and vote at the same time.
How may I vote if I am physically unable to enter the polling place?
Curbside voting is offered at all McDowell County polling places. To be eligible for curbside voting, you must be unable to enter the polling place due to age or physical disability. Look for the parking spaces near the polling place entrance labeled “Curbside Voting.” Poll workers monitor the parking area throughout the day and will walk to your car when you park in one of the designated spaces.