Two hundred and twenty-two years, five Constitutional amendments, seven federal laws, multiple Supreme Court rulings, and the lives of thousands of people—that’s what it took for American citizens to gain our right to “one person-one vote.”

But since 2010, in states with Republican majorities, legislators have methodically made it harder for citizens to exercise that right. Even the Supreme Court, in 2013, struck down key protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Today, many states have laws that impose strict photo ID requirements, impede voter registrations, and cut back on early voting. Many states, including North Carolina, have also gerrymandered voting districts to the point where electing a Democrat is virtually impossible.

The Dare County Democratic Party intends to turn the tide against these ongoing Republican assaults. We stand firmly behind each individual’s right to influence the course of America by voting. We oppose laws that curtail the votes of minorities, and we are working to restore bipartisan balance in the state legislature.

Voter registration

You may register to vote in Dare County if you are—

  • A citizen of the United States; and
  • 18 years of age or older by the election date; and
  • A legal resident of Dare County for 30 days by the date of the next election.

Registration is easy. Just complete the NC Voter Registration Application and return it to the Dare County Board of Elections office. You may drop-off the form during normal business hours or send it by mail. Addresses for both options are shown above.

The Voter Registration Application is also available at the following locations:

  • North Carolina Board of Elections website
  • Dare County Board of Elections office
  • Dare County public libraries
  • DMV
  • Town hall offices
  • Various public assistance agencies.

The application form must be postmarked or delivered 25 days before the date of an election.

Party affiliation

When you register, you will need to declare your party affiliation. You may register with any party recognized by the State of North Carolina—Republican, Democrat, or unaffiliated. Party affiliation determines the primary election in which you are eligible to vote.

An unaffiliated voter is currently allowed to vote in the primary of his or her choice—Democrat or Republican. On election day, unaffiliated voters must state which political party they affiliate with and in which primary they wish to vote.

Participating in a partisan primary will not affect your status as an unaffiliated voter on the general election day.


Each and every vote matters. So, if getting to your polling place poses a problem, call us at 252-219-0074, and one of our volunteers will get you there.

Absentee voting

If you will be away from your polling place or otherwise indisposed on election day, you can still vote by using an absentee ballot.

First, download and complete the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form.

Then mail, fax, email, or deliver the form in person to the Dare County Board of Elections Administrative Office by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before election day.

Dare County Board of Elections Administrative Office
Physical location
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive
Manteo, NC 27954

Phone: 252-475-5630
Fax: 252-475-1223
Business hours: Monday–Friday from from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mailing address
P.O. Box 1000
Manteo, NC 27954