Registering to Vote

Should I Register to Vote Using My Permanent Address or Campus Address?

You can only vote in one place and will need to decide whether you will choose to vote using your permanent address or your university address, and vote in elections at that location.

Each student’s situation is different. If you’re from out-of-state, please talk with your parents/guardians and learn about any potential barriers or requirements in your home state and North Carolina by using the Campus Vote Project State Student Guides before deciding to register using your university address. This guide can also provide you with voting deadlines specific to your state.

What Do I Need to Bring With Me to Vote Here in Alamance County?

Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the primary election on March 3, 2020. In a December 31, 2019 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court.

    What If I Choose to Vote Here in Alamance County, North Carolina?

    See the Voting in North Carolina page for specific information.

    How Do I Register to Vote?

    All Elon students are strongly encouraged to use TurboVote. Most students vote by absentee ballot and enter their permanent home address in TurboVote.

    What is TurboVote?

    TurboVote helps students vote in every election — local, state, and national — by allowing them to register where they want to vote and by keeping them engaged with the elections in their local communities. In short, TurboVote:

    • Helps students register to vote, either online or by paper
    • Helps students vote by sending election reminders via text and/or via email – that way they can stay in touch with local elections even from away
    • Helps students vote by mail via absentee ballot request forms

    TurboVote makes voting easy through a simultaneous online voter registration and ballot request process that takes minutes to complete. Since Elon students come from across the country, this tool helps students manage voter registration deadlines and provides election reminders for all 50 states.

    How Do I Obtain My Voter Registration Form Using TurboVote?

    The TurboVote tool guides students through the registration process. TurboVote automatically populates the student’s voter registration form and emails the student a digital copy.

    Students are strongly advised to print a copy of the voter registration form and:

    1. Fill in their ID number, as required by state law. Based on the state, directions will be provided for this. Most often, this ID number is either a driver’s license number. Students without a driver’s license, can often provide the last four digits of their social security number.
    2. Sign the form.
    3. Mail in the form prior to the voter registration deadline for their state. TurboVote will provide the address for the appropriate board of elections. The Kernodle Center for Civic Life in Moseley 230 provides free stamps and envelopes.

    While students can have TurboVote mail them a copy of the form to be completed, they are advised to print the form using the steps above to expedite the process.

    In states that have an online voter registration option, TurboVote guides the student to that option if the student chooses and provides information on how to complete that process successfully.

    Can I Use TurboVote to Request Both My Voter Registration Form and Absentee Ballot Form at the Same Time?

    Yes, you can send in both forms at the same time using the steps outlined on this page.

    Why Does TurboVote Ask Where Do I Receive My Mail?

    On this page, you can enter your Elon campus box or off-campus apartment address to have all voting related forms and ballots sent to your university address (even if you choose to vote absentee using your permanent address).

    Whom Should I Contact For Help With TurboVote?

    For assistance with TurboVote, contact help@turbovote.org

    Voting Using an Absentee Ballot

    How Do I Use TurboVote to Obtain My Absentee Ballot?

    TurboVote will ask how you want to cast your ballot – either by mail or at the polls. If you select by mail, TurboVote will direct you to your state’s absentee ballot form.

    Students are strongly advised to print a copy of the voter registration form and:

    1. Fill in their ID number, as required by state law. Based on the state, directions will be provided for this. Most often, this ID number is either a driver’s license number. Students without a driver’s license, can often provide the last four digits of their social security number.
    2. Sign the form.
    3. Mail in the form prior to the absentee ballot deadline for their state. TurboVote will provide the address for the appropriate board of elections. The Kernodle Center for Civic Life in Moseley 230 provides free stamps and envelopes.

    Can I Use TurboVote to Request Both My Voter Registration Form and Absentee Ballot Form at the Same Time?

    Yes, you can send in both forms at the same time using the steps outlined on this page.