Voting is the most important job in a democracy, and every vote still counts. In the 2016 presidential election, more than 136.5 million people voted, but the Electoral College decision was determined by a mere 77,744 people—about one-twentieth of one percent.

The Dare County Democratic Party encourages you to register and then vote in every election. You’ll find everything you need to know here. For more details, visit the website of the NC State Board of Elections.

Next election day

General Election

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Voting options

In North Carolina, there are three ways to vote in an election: at your precinct polling location on election day, during early voting, or by mail as an absentee.

Election day voting

The most common way to vote is on election day at your precinct polling location. Find my polling place.

Early voting

The NC Board of Elections approved a 2018 General Election Early Voting Plan proposed by Sandy Semans Ross of the Dare County Board of Elections. The plan includes voting on Sunday, Oct. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. This is the first time Sunday voting has been available to Dare County voters.

Another change is that the Hatteras Island site has moved to the Fessenden Center Annex at 46830 Highway 12, Buxton, NC 27920. This will provide more space and better security for the early voting operation.

The NC General Assembly changed early voting rules to require that all early voting sites be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. This has dramatically increased the cost of staffing early voting and has led to the closing of the Southern Shores voting site in Dare County.

The early voting sites are:
Dare County Board of Elections Administrative Office
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC 27954

Kill Devil Hills Town Hall
102 Town Hall Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Fessenden Center Annex
46830 Highway 12, Buxton, NC 27920

Early voting will run from Wednesday, Oct. 17, until Saturday, Nov. 3.
Weekdays at all sites 7 a.m until 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28, at all sites noon until 4 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 3, at all sites 8 a.m. until 1 p.m..

Early Voting Schedule All sites open All sites Close
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Friday, October 19, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Monday, October 22, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Friday, October 26, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2018 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Monday, October 29, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Friday, November 2, 2018 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2018 8:00 AM 1:00 PM


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


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.

Last day to register to vote in the General Election – October 12, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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.