Voter resources

Vote early, not often

The Asheville City Council primary is Tuesday, Oct. 10. However, early voting kicked off Thursday, Sept. 21. The deadline to register to vote in the primaries was Sept. 15, but people who missed it can register by appearing at the one-stop voting site, 77 McDowell St. in Asheville, during the one-stop early voting times listed below. During one-stop voting, residents can complete a registration form, providing proof of residence by presenting valid documents showing current name and address, and if eligible, they can cast a vote at that time. All residents of the city of Asheville who are registered to vote may vote in this election. You can check your voter registration status here, view a sample ballot here and find your Oct. 10 polling location here.

You can register to vote if:

  • you are a U.S. citizen;
  • you have resided at your address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election;
  • you are at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election; and
  • you are not serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole).

Below is the schedule for early voting for the Oct. 10 Asheville primary. Early voting is only available at 77 McDowell St. in Asheville.

  • Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21-22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday, Sept. 25-29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday, Oct. 2-6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Vote from afar

The absentee voting by mail period began Sept. 10. Applications may be obtained by requesting a form from the Board of Elections office at P.O. Box 7468, Asheville, NC 28801 or 828-250-4200. Forms may also be found on the Election Services website. All absentee ballots must be received in the elections office by Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. or can be accepted until Friday, Oct. 13, if postmarked no later than Oct. 10.

Vote in other Buncombe County elections

No primaries were necessary for the other races in Buncombe County, in which voters can participate during the Nov. 7 general election. Residents of Black Mountain will choose a mayor and aldermen, Montreat will elect new commissioners, Weaverville will pick a mayor and Town Council members, and Woodfin will hold elections for aldermen and water and sewer district trustee.

The deadline to register in the Nov. 7 general election is Oct. 13.

More information about the elections and voter registration can be found on the Buncombe County Board of Elections website.

Election guide

View Xpress‘ 2017 Asheville City Council primary election guide here.


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