How to register to vote

Where and when you need to register by to participate in the November Election.

WStoday: Forsyth County Board of elections

Voters can drop their voter registration form or request an absentee ballot at Forsyth County Board of Elections.

WStoday team

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Elections are quickly approaching and before you know it, it will be time to cast a ballot. The Forsyth County Board of Elections has launched its redesigned website to help voters find polling information— but first, we want to make sure that you are equipped with all you need to know.

Municipal elections within Forsyth County are only happening in Bethania, Clemmons, Kernersville, Lewisville, and Walkertown— and not Winston-Salem.

Check your registration status

First, double-check your registration status — especially if you’ve moved. Otherwise your ballot will be sent to the wrong place. You can update your status online. It only takes a few seconds to fill out. If you plan to vote early in person, you can cast a ballot at any polling place within the county.

Register, if you need to

Not registered? Don’t sweat it. You can:

  • Register online through the NCDMV website. Pro tip: Photo ID is required when voting in all North Carolina elections. Don’t have one? Voters can get a free one at the Forsyth County Board of Elections located at 201 N. Chestnut St. in Winston-Salem.
  • First-timers should register by Friday Oct. 13 for municipal elections taking place Tuesday, Nov. 7.
  • Get educated about the list of candidates vying for your vote.

Here are a few dates to keep in mind

  • Saturday, Nov. 4— Last day for one-stop early voting.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7— Municipal election. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Curbside voting assistance is available for voters with differing abilities. All mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 5 p.m. and received within 3 days after election day.
  • Monday, Nov. 17— Deadline to receive ballots. For those mailing, you can request your absentee ballot and track its status from printed to accepted by signing up online for status notifications through BallotTrax.

Get caught up on the full voting schedule.