What You Need To Know to VOTE in 2016


Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to show an acceptable form of photo identification when presenting to vote in person at the polls.  Go to this website (www.voterid.nc.gov) to find out more information about both the requirement and the exceptions outlined in the law (S.L. 2013-381 and S.L. 2015-103).

More questions? Contact the Voter Outreach Team by calling 1-866-522-4723 or by  emailing VoterOutreach.sboe@ncsbe.gov.



What type of photo IDs will be accepted in 2016?

• NC Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit, or Provisional License
• Special Identification card  (NC DMV ID Card).
• US Passport
• US Military Identification card (Including Active, Retired, Dependents, and Civilian)
• US Veterans Identification card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs
• Tribal Enrollment card issued by a federally-recognized tribe
• Tribal enrollment card issued by a NC-recognized tribe, signed by an elected tribal official, and compliant with G.S. § 163-166.13
• Out-of-state-driver’s license or non-operator’s identification card (BUT only if the voter registers to vote in the county within 90 days of the election)

How to get a FREE NC DMV ID card:

Registered voters who do not have one of the forms of photo ID that are described above are able to obtain a FREE NC DMV (Dept.Motor Vehicles) issued ID card, that will be accepted at the polls.

• Visit your local DMV office or visit a mobile DMV office
• Take 2 documents that prove your age & identity (birth certificate, court documents, tax forms)
• A valid Social Security number
• A document that proves your NC residency (a lease, voter registration card, utility bill)

For more information about how to acquire this DMV ID card, go to  www.voterid.nc.gov  or  www.ncdot.gov/dmv/driver/id/#VoterID

How Do I Register to Vote?

Election Services
77 McDowell Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To register to vote in Buncombe County you must:
• Be a citizen of the United States
• Be a legal resident of Buncombe County and North Carolina for 30 days, before the date of the next election
• Be 18 years of age or older by the General Election Day in November of that year.
• Have had citizenship rights restored, if ever convicted of a felony.
• Not be registered nor will vote in any other county or state.

Voter registration programs are actively conducted through many agencies in this State. If a person is applying for or receiving benefits from any of the participating agencies or programs, a voter registration transaction is available during the conduct of any business with that office. The following programs and agencies are currently participating in the agency voter registration program:
Social Work Services
• Work First
• Food Stamps
• Medicaid
• Services for the Blind
• Department of Health
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
• Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
• Vocational Rehabilitation
• Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities
 Employment Security Commission
• All of the Buncombe County Libraries provide registration forms also.
• Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): The driver’s license examination offices, located throughout the county, have conducted a successful voter registration program since 1984. A person may complete a voter registration transaction at any driver’s license examination office when conducting official DMV business with that office (applying for or renewing a driver’s license, I.D. card, etc.).

District VIII Office — West Asheville
1624 Patton Ave (28806) Phone: (828)-251-6081
Monday – Friday



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