2022 Election Guide

April 25, 2022

Election Day for the 2022 North Carolina Primaries is Tuesday, May 17, 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 Primary Election is Friday, April 22, 2022.

Here are the qualifications to be eligible to vote. 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a resident of the county, and prior to voting in an election, must have resided at his or her residential address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  • Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election.
  • Must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole). If previously convicted of a felony, the person’s citizenship rights must be restored. Citizenship and voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of the sentence. No special document is needed.
  • 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, April 28 to Saturday, May 14, 2022.

  • If you’ve voted in North Carolina before, you don’t need to show ID to vote.
  • 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.
  • Voters without ID: 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 (received by) Tuesday, May 10, 2022
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

Voting on Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

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

Dates and deadlines

  • The deadline to register online to vote is Friday, April 22, 2022.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Friday, April 22, 2022.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Friday, April 22, 2022. After the regular voter registration deadline of Friday, April 22, 2022, you can register and vote in person at one-stop sites during the early voting period, which runs from Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, May 14, 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 (received by) Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
  • The early voting period runs from Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, May 14, 2022, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

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

Kit Cramer, our President & CEO, along with Greg Burnette, of  First Citizens Bank and a 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:

We attempted to interview all of the candidates in each of these races. Due to technical or scheduling difficulties, we have not spoken with Mayoral Candidates Michael L. Hayes and Jonathan Wainscott, but we are working to make connections.

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.