OCTOBER 17 - 18                                8:00 AM UNTIL 7:30 PM

OCTOBER 21 - 25                                8:00 AM UNTIL 7:30 PM

OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 1             8:00 AM UNTIL 7:30 PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBR 2                    8:00 AM UNTIL 3:00 PM


Commissioners’ Board Room
814 W. King Street, Boone

333 Wallingford Street, Blowing Rock

6583 Old 421 S, Deep Gap

4797 NC Hwy 194 N, Boone

Blue Ridge Ballroom
263 Locust Street, Boone
(Parking lot at 644 Howard Street)

1081 Old US Hwy 421, Sugar Grove

** Photo ID is required.  If you are registered to vote in Watauga County, you may vote at ANY early voting site you choose. Same Day Registration is available at every early voting site, but you must provide proof of residence in Watauga County. Call (828)265-8061 if you have any questions.

 Voters will now be asked to present a valid photo identification when voting in person. If you do not have a valid photo ID card, you may obtain one from your county board of elections prior to the election, through the end of the early voting period.

If you do not have a valid photo ID card on Election Day, you may still vote and have your vote counted by signing an affidavit of reasonable impediment (or “Photo ID Exception Form”) as to why you have not presented a valid photo ID. The Exception Form can also be used if you have a religious objection to being photographed or are a victim of a recently declared natural disaster.

As an alternative, if you don’t have your ID when you vote, you can still vote and then bring your valid photo ID to your county board of elections by 5 p.m. on the ninth day after Election Day (or the sixth day after Election Day for September or October local elections).

If you vote by mail, then you must include a photocopy of a valid photo ID when returning your ballot. You may also complete the Absentee Photo ID Exception Form that is provided with your absentee ballot materials.

A list of all types of ID that can be used for voting is available on the State Board of Elections Voter ID webpage,
https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/voter-id . 


  Want to learn more about voting with a photo ID? This video explains it all: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/voter-id#required  


10 Facts About NC's Photo ID Requirement for Voting

RALEIGH, NC – The following are 10 facts about North Carolina’s photo ID requirement for voting:
  1. Voters will be asked to show photo ID when voting in North Carolina, starting with the 2023 municipal elections. Those elections occur in September, October, and November, depending on the town or city. (Find your local election details at ncsbe.gov/voting/upcoming-election.)
  2. Most voters will simply show their NC driver’s license, but many other types of photo ID will be accepted. See the list of acceptable IDs at ncsbe.gov/voter-id.
  3. Voters without ID can get a “No Fee ID Card” from the NCDMV. Soon, voters will also be able to get a free ID from their county board of elections.
  4. The State Board is developing a process for approving student and public employee IDs for voting. Lists will be added to the Voter ID website as soon as IDs are approved.
  5. When a voter checks in to vote at a polling place, they will be asked to show an acceptable photo ID. Election workers check to see if the picture on the ID reasonably resembles the voter. The address on the photo ID does not have to match the voter registration records.
  6. All voters will be allowed to vote with or without a photo ID.If the voter does not show an acceptable ID, the voter may vote with an ID Exception Form and a provisional ballot, or vote with a provisional ballot and return to their county board of elections office with their photo ID by the day before county canvass. (For municipal elections in September and October, this deadline is the Monday following Election Day. For all other elections, the deadline is the second Thursday following Election Day.)
  7. Permitted exceptions to the photo ID requirement include the following: The voter has a reasonable impediment to showing photo ID (lack of transportation, lost or stolen ID, disability or illness, family responsibilities, etc.); the voter has a religious objection to being photographed; or the voter was a victim of a natural disaster within 100 days of Election Day.
  8. When a registered voter cannot produce a photo ID, the county board of elections must count that ballot if the voter properly completes the ID Exception Form or brings an acceptable ID to their county board of elections before the county canvass.
  9. Voters who vote by mail will be asked to include a photocopy of an acceptable ID inside the photo ID envelope that comes with their ballot. If they are unable to include a photocopy of their ID, they may complete an ID Exception Form with the absentee ballot return envelope. Photo ID is not required for military or overseas voters who vote using special absentee voting procedures that federal law makes available for such voters.
  10. For more information, see ncsbe.gov/voter-ID and FAQ: Voter ID". These web pages will be updated frequently with the latest information.


For information on different ways to register to vote click HERE. Your voter registration is linked to your residential address. You can now update your address electronically if you have a North Carolina driver's license or identification card. Click HERE to update your address. If you haven't registered to vote, you can use the same link to register.

Not sure what address you are registered at? Click HERE to find out.


Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Watauga County Board of Elections
PO Box 528
Boone, NC 28607

Physical Address:
Watauga County Board of Elections
842 W. King St, Suite 6
Boone, NC 28607

Hours of Operations:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Board Members
Michael Behrent - Chair
Matt Walpole - Secretary
Leta Councill - Member
Eric Eller - Member
Elaine Rothenberg - Member

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