Interested in conducting a voter registration drive?
Please read the following information carefully!
What are your responsibilities?
The decision to conduct a voter registration drive is an important one. Voter registration is fundamental to elections. Assisting qualified citizens in becoming voters and involving them in the democratic process is a worthy cause. Participation at this level carries with it certain responsibilities. Persons conducting registration drives must:
A. Provide individuals with current, state approved, voter registration forms. These forms will ask voters to check “yes” or “no” to the following questions:
1. “Are you a United States citizen?”
2. “Will you be 18 on or before Election Day?”
These forms will also ask voters to provide their driver's license number or the last four digits if their social security number.
B. Refrain from coercing, threatening, or intimidating any person engaged in the registration or voting process.
C. Never alter any information placed on the form without the permission of the person registering.
D. If assisting a person in filling out the form, place information on the form that accurately reflects the instructions and intent of the person.
E. Do not give a partially completed registration form to a person for registering unless that person is made aware of the information already on the form and the person registering does not object to that information.
F. Return all completed applications and accompanying documentation on or before the 25 th day before a primary or election to the applicant's county of residence. Failure to do so could be punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor.
G. Provide voters with additional forms to take home if requested.
How do I obtain the forms I need?
Voter registration forms can be obtained from this office. Orders require the completion of a request form which is available from the Duplin County Board of Elections office or by clicking here to download. We do not require groups to return un-used forms. However, it is recommended since these forms are printed at a cost to the taxpayer.
If you do have a number of forms that you do not plan to use, please return them to the elections office.
How do I use the forms?
Voter registration forms can be used to:
Apply to register to vote*
Change party affiliation
Change address and/or name
*Any registration forms completed by new registrants at voter registration drives or received by the county board of elections through the mail must provide a copy of identification or the new registrant must be prepared to show identification at the polling place.
Accepted forms of ID include:
A copy of current and valid photo identification
A copy of one of the following documents that shows the name and address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.
What are the requirements to register to vote?
1. U. S. Citizenship—Individuals must declare their citizenship by answering the question, “Are you a United States Citizen?” in the affirmative.
2. Eighteen years of age or older—Individuals who will be 18 by the General Election may register and vote in the primary for that election at age 17.
3. Resident of NC and the county for 30 days or more before the Election.
4. Not be a convicted felon still in custody, on probation, or on parole. Once released from custody, probation, or parole from any federal or state jurisdiction, citizenship is automatically restored and you are eligible to register to vote.
The Board of Elections is responsible for conducting all elections held in Duplin County . The Board administers and oversees all federal, state and local elections. A few of our principal functions include establishing election precincts and voting sites; appointing and training precinct officials; designing, preparing and distributing ballots; procuring, testing and maintaining voting equipment; canvassing and certifying the ballots cast in elections; investigating any voting irregularities; maintaining voter registration and participation records; conducting candidate filing; receiving, auditing and maintaining campaign finance reports; and providing public information upon request.
How do I complete the application?
Individuals who conduct voter registration drives may assist voters in completing their applications. If you are asked to help complete forms, please remember the following:
Voters must answer the question, “Are you a citizen of the United States of America?” Failure to do this may delay the registration process at the county board of elections.
The required fields of information are:
Mailing Address (if different)
Date of Birth
Driver's License Number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number
Signature of voter
If you realize that a voter has not completed the registration form, DO NOT complete it for him/her. Give the form to us and we will contact the voter to retrieve the missing information.
If the voter was registered in another county or state, that information should be provided on Part B of the registration form. We will notify previous jurisdictions.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE VOTER REGISTRATION PROCESS, YOU MAY CONTACT THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE AT (910) 296-2170.