10 Facts about Voting in North Carolina During the COVID-19 Pandemic

10 Facts about Voting in North Carolina During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  1. In 2020, three voting options are available for voters: absentee by-mail, in-person early voting and Election Day voting. Voters can decide which option works best for them.
  2.  North Carolina allows all voters to cast an absentee ballot by mail. No special circumstance is needed. To request a ballot, fill out an absentee ballot request form here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/Forms/NCAbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf. The form may be mailed or returned in person to your county board of elections.
  3. Elections officials in states where all voters vote by mail have cautioned against trying to switch to all-mail voting overnight.  It takes years to change laws, purchase high-speed equipment to count by-mail ballots, train new workers to process ballots and ensure security of the ballots at every step. In-person voting remains even in states that use all-mail voting to allow voters with disabilities or accessibility needs to receive assistance.
  4. Through a new partnership, NC Division of Motor Vehicles’ customers may now apply online to register to vote or update their voter registration address and political affiliation.  The service is available here: https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/officesservices/online/Pages/voter-registration-application.aspx.
  5.  In March 2020, the State Board office provided recommendations for legislative changes to make by-mail voting simpler and more accessible, assist in poll worker recruitment, and ensure funding is available for changes in election processes resulting from COVID-19.
  6.  The State Board has a dedicated webpage, NCSBE.gov/Coronavirus, where voters can find up-to-date information about elections during the pandemic.
  7. The North Carolina Task Force on Elections and COVID-19 Response first met in March 2020. Made up of state and county elections officials and an Emergency Management representative, the group is providing advice on steps necessary to respond to the pandemic and ensure voting is safe and accessible in 2020.
  8. Elections officials are in regular contact with state and federal health and emergency management officials to ensure proper sanitation and safeguards are in place to protect against the spread of the virus during elections.
  9. The federal CARES Act of 2020 will provide nearly $13.1 million to North Carolina to
    address elections-related issues arising from the pandemic, provided that the state provides $2.2 million in matching funds. The money will be used to help the 100 counties conduct elections during the pandemic.
  10. Elections officials encourage teachers, students and younger North Carolinians to serve their communities and democracy as poll workers in 2020. We need the public’s help to make elections safe and accessible – now more than ever.

COVID-19: McDowell County Board of Elections

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community there are several ways that you may complete a  new voter registration or make changes to your current voter registration:
  • Voter registration applications can be obtained at the McDowell County Board of Elections Office, 2458 NC 226 S., Marion.  An Application box/Drop box is located to the right of the front door.
  • Online at: ncsbe.gov
  • Online at: ncdot.gov 
  • By mail:  McDowell County Board of Elections PO Box 1509 Marion, NC 28752

Click Here for voter registration forms


Absentee Ballot Request forms can be obtained:

  • McDowell County Board of Elections Office, 2458 NC 226 S., Marion.  An Application box/Drop box is located to the right of the front door.
  • Online:  Absentee Request absentee-request

Please mail absentee ballot request forms to:  McDowell County Board of Elections 2458 NC 226 S., Marion, NC 28752

CD11 Release

New Polling Location for Crooked Creek Precinct

The McDowell County Board of Elections adopted a resolution on January 10, 2020 to change the polling place for the Crooked Creek Precinct to the new Crooked Creek Fire Department located at 4503 Bat Cave Road Old Fort, NC 28762.

This change will be effective beginning on the March 3, 2020 Primary election and for all future elections.

If you have any questions please contact Kim Welborn, Director, McDowell County Board of Elections at (828) 659-0834.

Resolution for Polling Place Change

Voter ID

Until further order of the court, voters are not required to show photo ID. The law was enjoined by a federal district court on December 31, 2019. This page will be updated if new information becomes available.

2020 Elections

November 3, 2020



Thursday – FridayOctober 15-168:00 am  – 7:30 pm
Monday – FridayOctober 19-238:00 am  – 7:30 pm
Monday – FridayOctober 25-30

8:00 am  – 7:30 pm



October 17 & 24

October 31

8:00 am  –  6:00 pm

8:00 am –  3:00 pm

  • One-Stop Early Voting ENDS on Saturday October 31 at 3:00 pm
  • There is NO voting on November 1 or November 2
  • On Election Day, November 3, law requires voters to cast their ballots ONLY at the polling location of the precinct in which they live. Voting on election day is available only to voters that were registered 25 days or more before the November 3rd election, (unless you registered and voted during the one-stop voting period prior to the November 3rd election.) If you are not registered, you cannot vote election day.

McDowell Polling Places

McDowell County Polling Locations

McDowell County Voting Precinct Map                                                                                              A large precinct map is located at the McDowell County Board of Elections Office located at 2458 NC 226, Marion

One Stop Locations

McDowell County Board of Elections Office, 2458 NC 226, Mairon, NC

Old Fort Rockett Building, 55 East Main St., Old Fort, NC

Marion #1

Marion Elementary School

209 Roberts Street

Marion, NC 28752

Marion #2

East McDowell Middle School

676 State Street

Marion, NC 28752

Marion #3

Clinchfield Methodist Church

151 Ridge Road

Marion, NC 28752

Marion #4

First Freewill Baptist Fellowship Building

951 Baldwin Avenue

Marion, NC 28752

Marion #5

Cross Mill Church of God Fellowship Building

216 Old NC Hwy 10 W

Marion, NC 28752

Pleasant Gardens #6

Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church Fellowship Building

214 PG Baptist Church Road

Marion, NC 28752

West Marion #7

McDowell Senior Center

100 Spaulding Road

Marion, NC 28752

Crooked Creek #8

Crooked Creek Fire Department

4503 Bat Cave Rd

Old Fort, NC 28762

Dysartsville #9

Dysartsville Fire Department

9184 US Hwy 226 S

Nebo, NC 28761

 Glenwood #10

Glenwood Fire Department

1742 Old US 221 S

Marion, NC 28752

Higgins #11

Highway Patrol Station

3975 US Hwy 226 S

Marion, NC 28752

Montford Cove #12

Sugar Hill Fire Department

8883 Sugar Hill Rd

Marion, NC 28752

Nebo #13

Nebo Elementary School

254 Nebo School Road

Nebo, NC 28761

North Cove #14

Ashford North Cove Fire Department

15640 US Hwy 221 N

Marion, NC 28752

Old Fort #1

Old Fort First Baptist Church Fellowship Building

203 Main Street

Old Fort, NC 28762

Old Fort #2

Old Fort Wesleyan Church Fellowship Building

336 Catawba Avenue

Old Fort, NC 28762

Turkey Cove #17

North Cove Elementary School

401 American Thread Road

Marion, NC 28752

Our Mission

The mission of the McDowell County Board of Elections is to maintain voter registration for the citizens of McDowell County, conduct all elections held in McDowell County fair and completely impartial, to assist persons in filing for office, administer the Campaign Reporting Act, and ensure the enforcement of all election laws of the state of North Carolina.

The Elections Office is responsible for conducting all elections in McDowell County, including municipal, county, state, and  federal elections, as well as special referenda.

Services include:

  • Maintain Voter Registration Records
  • Receive Candidate Filing for General Assembly and local candidates
  • Campaign Finance office for local candidates/committees
  • Provide for Remote Absentee Voting
  • Educate Election Day Officials
  • Provide for Election Day Voting
  • Report Election Day Results to Public and Authorities
  • Evaluate and Improve Election Services
  • Provide Election Reports and Statistical Information

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