Get answers to your questions about the electoral process

Guilford County Electoral Council Director Charlie Collicutt is answering your questions.


State-wide primary 2022

In North Carolina, the statewide primary is Tuesday March 8, 2022. During this election, voters can choose which candidates they prefer to appear on the November general election ballot. The purpose of a primary is to restrict the scope of candidates for the general election.

Ballot races include:

  • US Senate and House of Representatives.
  • CN General Assembly.
  • NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

In addition, many voters will find municipal contests on their ballots due to the postponement of municipal elections. This applies to voters in municipalities that have delayed their 2021 elections to finalize new electoral districts. This also applies to voters who live in towns and villages who hold their elections in even years.

Registered voters across the state can vote in the primary. However, voters affiliated with a political party will receive a ballot from their party’s candidates. Unaffiliated voters can choose the ballot of candidates from any party: Democrat, Libertarian, or Republican.

Am I registered to vote?

Use the North Carolina Board of Elections Voter Finder to determine if you are registered to vote in North Carolina and see if your voter record needs to be updated.

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote in Guilford County if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A person 18 years of age on the date of the next general election
  • A legal resident of Guilford County 30 days before the next election date

You must register or re-register if you:

  • I never recorded in Guilford County
  • Your registration in Guilford County has been canceled because you left the county
  • Have ever been convicted of a crime

When should I register?

  • If sent by mail, the registration form must be postmarked at least 25 days before the election
  • If delivered by hand or by fax, the registration form must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the 25th day before the election.

Do I have to declare a part?

Party affiliation determines the primary in which a voter is eligible to vote. You can register with the Democratic, Republican, or Libertarian parties, or you can register as unaffiliated. Unaffiliated voters can vote in a party primary if they are authorized by that party. If you do not declare a party, you will be registered as unaffiliated.

Do I have to contact the Election Office if I want to change my voter registration information?

  • Have moved to Guilford County since registering in the county (it is a violation of state law to return to your old neighborhood and vote if you moved more than 30 days)
  • Have changed name
  • You want to change party affiliation

You can change your address, name or party by completing the back of your voter information card and returning it to the election office or by completing a registration form by mail. This information must be received before the election registration deadlines.

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