Board of Elections

2016 General Election Sample Ballot


 On July 29, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down photo ID requirements and other elections procedures enacted under S.L. 2013-381 and amended by S.L. 2015-103.  Barring any alternative outcome on appeal, the following are no longer enforceable:

    • Photo ID requirement contained in Part 2 of Session Law 2013-381, as amended by Session Law 2015-103;
    • Removal of preregistration contained in Part 12 of Session Law 2013-381;
    • Elimination of same-day registration contained in Part 16 of Session Law 2013-381;
    • Changes to early voting contained in Part 25 of Session Law 2013-381; and
    • Elimination of out-of-precinct voting contained in Part 49 of Session Law 2013-381.

 The district court order is available here. Please check back at this website for updates as they become available.  

 Important Dates

Putting Citizens First
Avery County nurtures a sense of community by providing services and activities in a cost-effective and efficient manner reflecting proper stewardship of public trust.

Highest County Seat East of the Rockies

The Avery County Board of Elections conducts Federal, State and County elections. This department has the responsibility for the administration of voter registration, the electoral process, and campaign finance disclosures. The Elections office registers all eligible voters who meet residency and age requirements, tallies election results, and maintains a record of all registered voters in the County.

The Board of Elections operates under a three member board appointed by the State Board of Elections. Board meetings are held regularly and dates are posted at the courthouse. Specific information pertaining to the registration and electoral process may be seen on subsequent pages within the Board of Elections portion of the County Website.


Mailing Address:
PO Box 145
Newland, NC 28657

Phone: (828)733-8282
Fax: (828)733-8283 

The Elections Office is located in the Avery County Courthouse Annex at
200 Montezuma Street, Newland, NC.


Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:30pm 


Sheila Ollis, Director
Caleb Hogan, Deputy Director

 Current board members are:
 Minnie Johnson, Chairperson 
 Johnny Canupp, Secretary
 Terri Seegers

Voter Registration:

You may register to vote in North Carolina at the Board of Elections Office in Newland, NC. You may also register to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles Office when conducting official DMV business, or at a state agency when applying for benefits.

Voting Deadlines:

The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina and in Avery County is 25 days before the date of an election. Forms must be received in the Elections Office or postmarked by the deadline. Each voter will be sent a voter card showing his/her assigned precinct.

To be eligible to vote, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of North Carolina and Avery County for at least 30 days prior to an election
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the next general election
  • Not be registered to vote in another county or state
  • If convicted of a felony, have had your citizenship rights restored

If you move to another county in North Carolina, you will need to register in that county.

One-Stop Absentee Voting

Click One Stop Voting for more information on One Stop Absentee Voting, or call our office at 828-733-8282.


There are 19 precincts in Avery County. These precincts are listed below:

(01) Altamont
(02) Banner Elk
(03) Beech Mountain
(04) Cary’s Flat
(05) Cranberry
(06) Elk Park
(07) Frank
(08) Heaton
(09) Hughes
(10) Ingalls
(11) Linville
(12) Minneapolis
(13) Montezuma
(14) Newland 1
(15) Newland 2
(16) Pineola
(17) Plumtree
(18) Pyatte
(19) Roaring Creek