|SAMPSON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The mission of the Board of Elections is to insure fair and impartial elections for the citizens of Sampson County. The department endeavors to ensure that every citizen in Sampson County has had an opportunity to register to vote and cast a ballot for the candidates and issues of their choice and that every citizen comes to realize that voting is a hard-earned privilege and honor, and should be looked upon as a duty.
The Board of Elections conducts all elections national, state and local (with the exception of the Town of Garland) that are held in Sampson County. The department establishes and maintains election precincts and voting sites; appoints and trains precinct officials; prepares for all aspects of elections; purchases voting equipment; and canvasses and certifies all elections that they conduct. We maintain voter registrations, provide for absentee voting, and maintain current computer records of voter files. The department investigates any voter irregularities that may occur.
Each county Board of Elections consists of three members appointed by the State Board of Elections for two-year terms. Currently, the Sampson County Board of Elections members are: Jackie K. Hobbs (Chairman), James L. Hall, and W. Cranford Fann.
You may register to vote in Sampson County if you are:
1. A United States citizen (if convicted of a felony, citizenship rights must be restored);
2. 18 years of age or older (17 years of age if you will be 18 by the date of the election); and
3. A legal resident of Sampson County for 30 days by the date of the next election.
You may obtain a voter registration application form at the following locations:
1. Sampson County Board of Elections Office
2. All town hall or municipal buildings in Sampson County
3. All libraries in Sampson County
4. All high schools in Sampson County (for students)
5. Sampson County Administration Building
6. Sampson County Agri Exposition Center
You may also register to vote while doing business at the Drivers License Agency, the Employment Security Commission, the Department of Social Services, and with agencies dealing with persons with disabilities.
You may also call 592-5796 and request that a registration form be mailed to you or write to the Sampson County Board of Elections, PO Box 33, Clinton, NC 28329 and ask for a form to be returned by mail.
You may register with any political party recognized by the State of North Carolina. Currently, the recognized parties are: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Reform. You may also register as Unaffiliated. If you register as Unaffiliated, you may select whichever party primary you wish to vote in on Primary Election Day, if that party allows participation by unaffiliated voters.
Registration for a particular election closes 25 days prior to that election. If you register in person, you must register no later than the 25th day before the election. If you register by mail, your application must be postmarked no later than the 25th day before the election.
Primaries and General Elections
Primaries in North Carolina are to nominate the party candidates who oppose each other in the General Election where you elect the officials who will serve for the next term. In primaries in North Carolina, you vote only in the primary of the party with which you are registered. However, if you are registered as Unaffiliated, you may vote in the primary of another party, if that party allows unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary.
All elections are conducted on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in either May or November. top
You must vote in the precinct in which you are registered. You can change your precinct on election day, but it involves filling out additional paperwork on election day and could take considerable time. For information on transfer voting on election day, please contact the Board of Elections office at 592-5796. It is much less complicated to simply pick up a new form, fill it out and send it to us at least 25 days prior to the election. We will then send you notification of your new voting place, voting districts, etc.
When you go to vote in person on election day, you must give your name and current address and party affiliation to the precinct workers. Once it is determined that you are qualified to voted in the precinct, you will be given the appropriate ballot which you will mark according to the instructions printed on the top of the ballot. top
G.S. 163-41 requires that election officials be registered voters and residents of the county in which the precinct is located, be of good repute, and be able to read and write. Those persons holding any elective office under the government of the State of North Carolina or any political subdivision thereof cannot serve as a precinct official. Candidates cannot serve as precinct officials.
Both of the major political parties submit names for appointment as precinct officials, and the Board of Elections appoints a Chief Judge and two judges for each precinct. Assistants for each precinct are appointed just prior to an election. Election officials (the Chief Judge and judges) are appointed for two year terms. Assistants work as needed.
Qualified persons interested in working as election officials should contact the Board of Elections. top
Curbside Voting is available for persons who can get to the polling place but cannot get inside. You must have someone go into the building and inform the precinct officials that you need a curbside ballot. Curbside voting is available the entire time the polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. top
A qualified voter of Sampson County may vote by absentee ballot in an upcoming election if:
1. He/she will be out of the county the entire time the polls are open on election day (i.e, college students, truck drivers, out-of-town workers, members of the military).
2. He/she is sick or physically disabled.
3. He/she is incarcerated on a misdemeanor charge.
4. He/she is observing a religious holiday.
An individual may fill out an Absentee Ballot Request form or letter beginning 50 days prior to an election, but not later than the Tuesday prior to an election, and mail it to the Sampson County Board of Elections, PO Box 33, Clinton, NC 28329. A voters near relative or verifiable legal guardian may also come into the office and fill out an application for the voter beginning 50 days prior to an election, but not later than the Tuesday prior to the election. A near relative is defined as spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, stepchild or verifiable legal guardian. In order to be counted, all voted ballots, properly executed and witnessed, must be returned to the Board of Elections Office no later than 5:00 p.m on the day before the election. The ballots must be delivered by the voter, his near relative, verifiable legal guardian or the US Postal Service. top
ONE-STOP ABSENTEE VOTING
This procedure is offered beginning the first business day following the close of the registration books for the election and end on the Friday prior to the election. An individual using this method of one-stop voting will fill out his/her application and vote the ballot while he/she is in the Board of Elections office.
No Excuse Absentee Voting
No Excuse Absentee Voting is available in General Elections in even-numbered years and for one-stop voters only. top
(Soon to be available for all elections.)
Sampson County Local Government
Sampson Countys local elected officials include the Sampson County Board of Commissioners, the Clerk of Court, the Sampson County Sheriff and the Sampson County Register of Deeds, the Boards of Education and the Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors.
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
North Carolina State Board of Elections: www.sboe.state.nc.us
Federal Election Committee: www.fec.gov
Federal Voting Assistance Program: www.fvap.gov
League of Women Voters of North Carolina: www.rtpnet.org/~lwvnc/
Project Vote Smart: www.vote-smart.org
Web, White & Blue: www.webwhiteblue.org
Your Voice, Your Vote: www.news-observer.com/yvyv/
335 County Complex Road
Clinton, North Carolina 28328
Post Office Box 33
Clinton, North Carolina 28329
Telephone: (910) 592-5796
Facsimile: (910) 590-2818