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  • Candidate filing dates are February 12 at noon, through February 28, 2018 at noon at the BOE office.
  • To download and print a Voter Registration form click here: Voter Registration Application.
  • To view the Elections Committee Data Request Q&A click here: QA_Election_Integrity_Commission_Request
  • Sample Republican Ballot for the May 8, 2018 Election: MCDOWELL-20180508-Style002-REP
  • Sample Democratic Ballot for the May 8, 2018 Election: MCDOWELL-20180508-Style001-DEM

  • This is an official notice of an election to be conducted in McDowell County on 05/08/2018.

    As soon as ballot styles are printed, this county board of elections will update this notice with the certified candidates for each office and ballot measures and referenda questions that will be on the ballot. For General Elections during even-numbered years, ballots will be printed 60 days prior to the election. For statewide primaries and other elections (except municipal elections), ballots will be printed 50 days prior to the election. Municipal ballots are available 30 days prior to Election Day. You must request an updated Election Notice.

    Transmitting a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot:

    This notice may be used in conjunction with the federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB). Covered military & overseas voters seeking to vote by absentee ballot may use the FWAB to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote an official military-overseas ballot. When using the FWAB to register to vote, and/or request an absentee ballot, please transmit your signed and completed FWAB no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day. If submitted later than this day and time, your absentee ballot will not be counted. Federal write-in absentee ballots are available at You may also request a regular absentee ballot by using the federal postcard application (FPCA), available at A regular ballot can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you. You may return the FWAB or a regular absentee ballot by mail, secure fax (1-919-715-0351) or email (

    Marking a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot:

    When marking a FWAB, for each office for which you wish to vote, write in either a candidate’s name or political party designation. For ballot measures or referenda, write either “YES” (you are for the ballot measure or referendum) or “NO” (you are against the ballot measure or referendum). In a primary, if you are registered as Democrat, Republican or Libertarian, for partisan contests, you may only vote for the candidates of the party for which you are affiliated. You are also eligible to vote for non-partisan contests. If you are registered as unaffiliated (“independent”), in a primary, you may choose to vote for the partisan contests of one of the parties or you may choose to vote for non-partisan contests only. Please contact your local board of elections to confirm your party affiliation or voter registration status.

     Please check the website for the NC State Board of Elections ( for additional information on military-overseas absentee voting.



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.