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Voter Registration

You may register to vote in Cumberland County if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States (if convicted of a felony, citizenship rights must have been restored);
  • A person 18 years of age or older;
  • A legal resident of Cumberland County for 30 days by the date of the next election.

Cumberland County has a permanent registration system. You need to register, transfer, or re-register ONLY if you:

  • Have not registered in Cumberland County before;
  • Have moved to and registered to vote in a different county or state;
  • Have moved to a different voting precinct since you registered in Cumberland County. If you move, it is a violation of the law to return to your old precinct and vote after 30 days;
  • Wish to change your party affiliation;
  • Have changed your name.

A voter registration card will be mailed to you once your registration application has been processed. They are mailed monthly. Keep the card as it may be used to change your address by mail should you move within Cumberland County, change your name, or change your party. It can also be used to cancel your Cumberland County registration should you move out of the county.

A registration form must be postmarked 25 days before election or delivered to Board of Elections office no later than 25 days before election in order to be good for that election.

Registration may be placed in an inactive status if a voter card is returned by the Postal Service as undeliverable.

Signature Required When Voting

Beginning Jan. 1, 2004 all voters will be required to sign the precinct list printout before voting.

The state HAVA compliance act amends G.S. 163-166.7 to require, beginning January 1, 2004, that before voting, a voter must sign the poll book (or other voting record or voter authorization document being used at that polling place).

Party Affiliation

When you register, you will need to declare your party affiliation. You may register with any recognized party in the State of North Carolina. Party affiliation determines the primary in which a voter is eligible to vote. You may also register unaffiliated. During a partisan primary election, an unaffiliated voter may vote only in a party primary that authorizes unaffiliated voters. If no party authorizes unaffiliated voters, they may only vote in non-partisan races and bond issues.

Registration Locations

You may download a registration application from the NC State Board of Elections website or visit one of the locations below in Cumberland County:

  • Board of Elections Office, 227 Fountainhead Lane (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.);
  • At any of Cumberland County's public libraries during regular hours;
  • At various public locations including registration drives;
  • Department of Motor Vehicles; and
  • Various Agencies (Social Services, Agencies dealing with people with Disabilities, Employment Security Commission, Armed Forces Recruitment offices).

In addition, you may change your address by filling out the back of your voter registration card and returning it to the Board of Elections. Card must be postmarked 25 days before election or received in the Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. 25 days before election.

Submitting your Registration Application

You must mail or deliver your registration application in person with your original signature if you are registering to vote for the first time in your county of residence or if you are changing your party affiliation. If you are changing your name or address within your current county of registration, you may also fax or email a scanned image of your signed application. You may give your signed application to another person to deliver on your behalf.

Identification Requirements

Registration ID: Under federal and state law, if you apply to register to vote and do not provide a valid identification number in Section 3 on the application, you must enclose a copy of one of the following documents with this application:

  • A current and valid photo ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

If you do not provide a valid form of identification, you will be asked to show ID the first time you present to vote.


Contact Us

227 Fountainhead Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Phone:  910-678-7733
Fax: 910-678-7738

Director: Terri Robertson
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