If you would like to request an Absentee by Mail ballot for the 2024 Presidential Election click HERE.

Absentee by Mail Ballots will be mailed out beginning September 6.

The absentee ballot return deadline for the 2024 general election is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2024.

If you have ANY questions about the process, please call us at (828)265-8061.

 To view the UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) notice


Watauga County has new County Commissioner Districts and a new method of election for them. North Carolina Session Law 2023-147 was passed on October 25, 2023. As a result, County Commissioners must live in the district for which they seek office as before, however now voters can only vote for the one Commissioner that represents their district. Previously, all Watauga County voters voted for all Commissioner candidates.

The districts have been realigned to contain roughly the same population in each district. Each candidate is elected to a four-year term. Commissioner Districts 3, 4, and 5 are up for election in 2024. Commissioner District 1 and 2 are up for election in 2026. Candidate filing opens at Noon on December 4th , 2023 and closes at Noon on December 15th.

District 1 is comprised of precincts Boone 1, Boone 2, Boone 3, and part of Brush Fork.

District 2 is comprised of precincts New River 1, New River 3, and part of New River 2.

District 3 is comprised of precincts Beaver Dam, Laurel Creek, Shawneehaw, Watauga, Beech Mountain, and part of Brush Fork.

District 4 is comprised of precincts Bald Mountain, Cove Creek, Meat Camp, North Fork, part of Brushy Fork, and part of New River 2.

District 5 is comprised of precincts Blowing Rock, Blue Ridge, Elk, and Stony Fork.

District Map – Click Here
Map of District 3 - Click here
Map of District 4 - Click here
Map of District 5 - Click here

 The mission of the Watauga County Board of Elections is to provide the highest level of professional standards to ensure accurate, honest, and fair elections through accountability and integrity and to provide all citizens our services in the most efficient, effective, and timely manner.   

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.
Phone: 828-265-8061
Fax: 828-265-8068
       Board Members 
Michael Behrent - Chair 
Matt Walpole- Secretary 
Leta Councill - Member 
Eric Eller - Member 
Elaine Rothenberg - Member