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Fill out all required information on Voter Search to locate which sample ballot is for you.
Pick up a form at the:
Complete and sign the form and mail it to us or you can drop it by the Board of Elections Office. We’ll send a new voter card to you!
We must have one of two documents signed by the voter (an email won’t do.) Either send us your:
Make sure you sign the card/form! We’ll do the data entry and send a new voter card to you.
If you moved less than 30 days ago, you must vote at your old precinct.
If you've moved more than 30 days ago and have not updated your information with the Board of Elections, you must go to the Board of Elections office to update your information, and then vote.
2128 S Sterling StreetSuite 100Morganton, NC 28655
This probably indicates an error in our records, of which we need to become aware. Please send us both cards back, with a quick note explaining that both cards are for the same person, to:Board of ElectionsP.O. Box 798Morganton, NC 28655-0798
We will research the situation, fix it and mail you a new card.
Please return the voter card to us along with whatever information you have. If the individual has moved, we’ll try to contact them at the new address.
Failing that, or if the individual is deceased, we’ll try to remove them from the voter registration files. Either way, you’ll be doing us a big service by letting us know.
Yes, according to the North Carolina General Statute 163-166.8.
Yes, anyone of your choice can assist you, except your employer or union agent. Also, one of the Precinct Judges can assist you.
North Carolina Law only requires ID if you did not provide the required information when you registered to vote (if by mail or voter registration drive).
No, Absentee Ballots are not available on Election Day, you must vote in your precinct.
There is a deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot. There is also a deadline to return the absentee ballot. Call the Board of Elections office for more information at 828-764-9010.
Yes, however, if you are requesting an Absentee Ballot for the Primary you may request that a General Election Absentee Ballot is sent to you as well. The Absentee Ballots will, of course, be mailed separately at the appropriate time.
Recent law changes prevent ballots from being cast at the wrong precinct. The best practice is to call the Board of Elections before going to vote. They will be able to tell you where you need to go vote on election day.
Yes, as long as you don’t leave campaign materials or campaign while in the voting location. The polling place is checked regularly for campaign materials. If they are found, they are promptly discarded.
North Carolina General Statute 163-147 prohibits loitering, congregating, distributing campaign material, or electioneering within 50 feet of the entrance to the polling place.
f you are not in the county/country on Election Day, there is no way you can vote. You would need to plan ahead to attend Early Voting or request an Absentee Ballot. See "Is it too late to request an absentee ballot?" and "Do you have to request an absentee ballot for each election?" for more information on Absentee Ballots.
The State Board of Elections and General Statutes determine the name order on the ballot.
You may be required to show ID the first time you vote in Burke County if you registered by mail, did not provide a valid identification number, and did not submit a copy of one of the following:
When you arrive at your polling place you must choose to vote Republican, Democrat, or you can decline to choose.
These limitations don’t apply during a November General Election, only in Primary Elections. In General Elections, you may vote for anyone on the ballot, regardless of party.
The North Carolina General Statutes defines the procedures for mapping precincts and locating voting locations inside the precinct. We are required to take numerous criteria into account as we develop new precincts. The boundaries drawn must be contiguous and follow a recognized boundary such as a township line, census blocks or physical features such as major above-ground power lines, major footpaths, rail features, ridgelines, roads or streets or water or drainage features as certified by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, county manager or city clerk.
Voting locations must be inside or on a tract adjacent to the precinct. It must also fit certain criteria:
We utilize as many public facilities as we possibly can to reduce rental cost but some areas, because of growth, have not caught up with the public demands such as schools or libraries.
When changing a voting location all of the criteria listed above is considered. After the Board of Elections staff completes its survey of the areas for consideration, the location changes are submitted to the Board of Elections members for approval or denial. The Board of Elections has the power to establish, define, provide, rearrange, discontinue, and combine election precincts as it may deem expedient, (GS 163-33(4)).
establish, define, provide, rearrange, discontinue, and combine election precincts as it may deem expedient,
If the Board of Elections approves the location change or split of an existing precinct, the voters must be notified no later than 45 days prior to the next primary or election. Voters involved in any district or annexation changes are also notified by voter card of those changes.
No matter what process is used to determine the precinct boundaries, not everyone will be happy with the outcome. We’ve learned this the hard way. There is, however, very little we can do with a phone complaint.
If you have any issues or concerns regarding the precinct locations, it needs to be in writing to the Burke Board of Elections, so that the matter can be fully explored and brought to some resolution when our Board is sitting in session. Our mailing address is:Burke County ElectionsP.O. Box 798Morganton, NC 28655
North Carolina General Statute 163-30 states The State chairman of each political party shall have the right to recommend to the State Board of Elections three registered voters in each county for appointment to the board of elections for that county. If such recommendations are received by the Board 15 or more days before the last Tuesday in June 1985, and each two years thereafter, it shall be the duty of the State Board of Elections to appoint the county boards from the names thus recommended.
The State chairman of each political party shall have the right to recommend to the State Board of Elections three registered voters in each county for appointment to the board of elections for that county. If such recommendations are received by the Board 15 or more days before the last Tuesday in June 1985, and each two years thereafter, it shall be the duty of the State Board of Elections to appoint the county boards from the names thus recommended.
The local political parties will submit three names to the State political party chairman.
Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., per North Carolina General Statute 163-166.0.
Yes, if you are in line prior to the close of the precinct, you may vote. If you show up after 7:30 p.m., you will not be allowed to vote.
The Board of Elections Office is located at:
2128 S Sterling StreetFoothills Education BuildingMorganton, NC 28655
No, you must vote at your precinct on Election Day.
For all types of spatial or geographical data Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system designed to:
Land Records is a listing of real property for taxation purposes, documents of title, property record cards, maps, etc.
Surveyor of your choice. (Geographic Information System maps are not of survey quality and should not be used as such. The data shown on the maps is for tax purposes and general location of parcel lines.)
In this scenario, please contact an attorney of your choice.
A legal document of title also known as muniment/affidavit has to be recorded in the Burke County Register of Deeds office which describes to legally combine the properties. Plats do not have the power to legally combine without a Deed, Affidavit or other muniment being recorded. For more information, contact the Geographic Information System department.
The Burke County Register of Deeds office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, except for observed county holidays.
Download our Fee Schedule (PDF) for more information on real estate document fees.
Our office is located at:203 S Green StreetMorganton, NC 28655
Most records filed with our office are public record and available to anyone. Records with restricted access are military discharges due to sensitive information contained in those records. For more information contact our office.
Yes, our real estate records are available online.
Certified copies of vital records are available only to, the individual, an immediate family member i.e.:
These records are available in our office with proper identification and cost of $10 per copy payable by cash or check.
No, divorces and information regarding this and other court actions must be obtained through the Burke County Clerk of Court. You may contact them at 828-433-3200.
No, this information is filed at the Burke County Clerk of Courts office. Questions regarding Estates should be directed to them at 828-433-3200.
Yes, we are currently accepting electronic documents through Simplifile.
To make any changes to your deed a new deed must be drawn up, sent to the Burke County Tax Office for certification, and then brought the Register of Deeds office to be filed.
A Voluntary Agricultural District (VAD) helps to promote agricultural values and general welfare of the county by increasing identity and pride in the agricultural community and its way of life; encourage the economic and financial health of agriculture; and increase protection from non-farm development and other negative impacts on properly managed farms.
The State of North Carolina passed the Farmland Preservation Enabling Act in 1985, authorizing counties to establish farmland preservation programs, including agricultural districts. In 2003, Burke County adopted a Voluntary Farmland Preservation Program Ordinance, creating the Agricultural Districts Advisory Board (ADAB) and procedures for establishing Voluntary Agricultural Districts.
The purpose of the ordinance is to promote the preservation of farmland in Burke County so that development and growth will be accompanied by protection of farms from non-farm development and other negative impacts on properly managed farms, recognizing the importance of agriculture to the economic and cultural life in the County.
The Agricultural Districts Advisory Board (ADAB) is composed of a number of County residents, which includes farmers representing newly-formed Agricultural Districts. The Burke County Board of County Commissioners appoints ADAB members. The ADAB reviews and approves applications to the Agricultural Districts program. They also advise the board of County Commissioners on projects, programs, or issues affecting the agricultural economy or way of life within the County.
A sign to identify your farm as a Burke County Voluntary Agricultural District will be available. These signs will tell passersby that you, the farm owner, are committed to the preservation of the agricultural way of life in Burke County.
Persons buying land in rural areas will do so with the knowledge that a bona fide agricultural operation exists within one aerial mile. Agricultural Districts will be identified on County maps, which shall be displayed for public view in County offices including offices of the Planning Department and Register of Deeds.