2022 Election Guide

October 7, 2022

Election Day for the 2022 North Carolina General Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

North Carolina allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person in North Carolina during early voting and on Election Day.

Voter eligibility information 

The voter registration deadline for the statewide general election is Friday, October 14, 2022.

Here are the qualifications to be eligible to vote. 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must live in the county where you are registering and have resided there for at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election.
  • Must not be in jail or prison for a felony conviction.
  • Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.
  • You can always register to vote at county election departments, local banks, any local DMV and most political party headquarters.

If you are a first-time voter, click here to register.

Updating your voter registration status:

Early voting

The early voting period runs from Thursday, October 20 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

Please note there is no early voting scheduled for Oct. 22-23 in Buncombe County.

  • If you’ve voted in North Carolina before, you don’t need to show ID to vote.
  • During early voting, voters may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county, and would-be voters may same-day register and vote. This is different than Election Day, where registered voters must vote at their assigned polling place.
  • If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn’t provide your driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration form, you will need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: a driver’s license or state ID; US Passport; employee ID; student ID; military ID; or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck. If you are unable to provide ID, you will still be able to vote a provisional ballot and can bring one of these documents to the board of elections prior to canvass.

Voting by absentee ballot

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with an Absentee Ballot Request Form.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is November 1, 2022.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. All absentee ballots must be returned by Election Day – November 8, 2022.

Voting on Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Click here to look up your registration and view your sample ballot.

Dates and deadlines

  • The deadline to register to vote is Friday, October 14, 2022.
  • After the regular voter registration deadline of Friday, October 14, 2022, you can register and vote in person at one-stop sites during the early voting period, which runs from Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, November 5, 2022. This process is known as same-day registration. Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of residence. Within two business days, the county board of elections will review the registration and the registrant’s address. Your vote will be counted unless the county board of elections determines that you are not qualified to vote.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
  • The early voting period runs from Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, November 5, 2022, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

Better With Bonds | Buncombe Votes Yes

Better with Bonds Buncombe Votes Yes

On November 8th, all Buncombe County voters can vote on two important ballot questions:

1. A $30 million bond that will protect mountains, forests, productive farmlands, and clean water in our streams and rivers for future generations.

County leaders have set a target of protecting 6,000 additional acres by 2030. Once achieved, fully 20% of the land in Buncombe County will be preserved for future generations. This bond will also support development of recreational trails and greenways across the community.

2. A $40 million bond to ensure stable housing for children, homeownership for working families, and safe housing for seniors.

County leaders have set a goal of ensuring that by 2030 up to 3,150 new units of housing are made available for our residents. Focus areas are: Homeownership for working families, including teachers, firefighters, and service workers. Stable homes for our community’s children. Housing for seniors and keeping long-time local residents in our community. This bond is your chance to move Buncombe County in the right direction.

Learn More about the Bond Measures on the Buncombe County Ballot.

Asheville Mayor, City Council and District 40 District Attorney Candidate Interviews

Ahead of the primaries earlier this year, Kit Cramer, Asheville Chamber President & CEO, and Greg Burnette, of First Citizens Bank and member of the Chamber’s Advocacy & Policy Committee, interviewed several of the 2022 Asheville Mayor, City Council and District 40 District Attorney candidates on a variety of business-related topics, including key components of the 2021 Legislative Agenda like housing, safety and growth. Watch each video in full on our YouTube channel.

From the Asheville Mayoral race, we interview:

From the Asheville City Council race, we interview:

From the District 40 District Attorney race, we interview:

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization. We do not endorse any of these candidates, and these videos are for educational uses only.

Other helpful links

North Carolina Board of Elections website.

Buncombe County Board of Elections website.

Click here for a comprehensive list of candidates, districts, and more for the 2022 election.