The Mitchell County Board of Elections duty is to conduct fair, honest and impartial elections so that all citizens have the chance to exercise their right to vote. We work for the Public and we do the Public’s business. We provide an open, honest, and non-partisan election process. We maintain an accurate data base and pride ourselves in excellent customer service. We provide timely, accurate, and legally correct information. The Board of Elections is responsible for conducting all elections including federal, state, and county as well as municipal and special referenda.
We maintain and oversee all voter registration records for Mitchell County.
Ensure proper geo-coding for all citizens.
Contract for and maintain all polling places.
Educate the public and the media about election law according to North Carolina General Statutes.
Receive, audit, and maintain campaign finance reports.
Maintain all election supplies and equipment.
Conduct candidate filing.
Ensure that ballots are designed and printed properly.
Design and maintain open, honest, and accurate vote counting and reporting systems.
The Mitchell County Board of Elections meets the last Thursday of each month at 4 pm. More frequent meetings are scheduled during election time. Each meeting is posted on the information board in the foyer of the Mitchell County Courthouse. All meetings are open to the public.
All files and information maintained by the Board of Elections (with the exception of Birth dates and bank account information in regards to campaign finance) are public record. You can request information via email, fax, telephone or written request by mail.
The Board of Elections is located at 11 North Mitchell Avenue, Room 108 in Bakersville, NC 28705 [map].
2020 Primary Official Election Notice County of Mitchell Election Date: March 3, 2020
This is an official notice of an election to be conducted in MITCHELLCounty on 03/03/2020. This notice contains a list of all of the ballot measures and federal, State, and local offices this county expects, as of this date, to be on the ballot on the date of the election. (Presidential Preference, US Senate, US House of Representatives ,NC Governor, NC Lieutenant Governor NC Attorney General, NC Auditor, NC Commissioner of Insurance, NC Commissioner of Labor, NC Secretary of State, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mitchell County Board of Commissioners).
An Election Notice will be prepared not later than 100 days before a regularly scheduled election that permits absentee voting, and as soon as practicable in the case of an election or vacancy election not regularly scheduled. For a second primary, an Election Notice will be prepared, no later than the day following the date the appropriate board of elections orders that a second primary be held.
As soon as ballot styles are printed, this county board of elections will update this notice with the certified candidates for each office and ballot measures and referenda questions that will be on the ballot. For General Elections during even-numbered years, ballots will be printed 60 daysprior to the election. For statewide primaries and other elections (except municipal elections), ballots will be printed 50 daysprior to the election. Municipal ballots are available 30 days prior to Election Day. You must request an updated Election Notice.
Transmitting a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot
This notice may be used in conjunction with the federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB). Covered military & overseas voters seeking to vote by absentee ballot may use the FWAB to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote an official military-overseas ballot. When using the FWAB to register to vote, and/or request an absentee ballot, please transmit your signed and completed FWAB no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day.If submitted later than this day and time, your absentee ballot will not be counted. Federal write-in absentee ballots are available at www.NCSBE.gov. You may also request a regular absentee ballot by using the federal postcard application (FPCA), available at www.FVAP.gov. A regular ballot can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you. You may return the FWAB or a regular absentee ballot by mail, secure fax (1-919-715-0351) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Marking a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot
When marking a FWAB, for each office for which you wish to vote, write in either a candidate’s name or political party designation. For ballot measures or referenda, write either “YES” (you are forthe ballot measure or referendum) or “NO” (you are against the ballot measure or referendum). In a primary, if you are registered as Democrat, Republican or Libertarian, for partisan contests, you may only vote for the candidates of the party for which you are affiliated. You are also eligible to vote for non-partisan contests. If you are registered as unaffiliated (“independent”), in a primary, you may choose to vote for the partisan contests of one of the parties or you may choose to vote for non-partisan contests only. Please contact your local board of elections to confirm your party affiliation or voter registration status.
Please check the website for the NC State Board of Elections (www.NCSBE.gov) for additional information on military- overseas absentee voting.