Dare County has declared a State of Emergency due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19 and determined that restrictions and prohibitions are necessary to protect public health and safety and are also in keeping with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Visitors and non-resident property owners are prohibited from entering Dare County. View details at   Click here for the latest information on COVID-19. 


Earn Money while performing your civic duty. The Dare County Board of Elections is accepting applications for poll workers. Click here to apply.

It is the mission of the Dare County Board of Elections to provide fair, open, honest and professionally managed election services to our community. The Board of Elections has responsibility for safeguarding the will of the people, protecting democracy, and for establishing fairness and equity for all in the process of self-governance.

The right to vote is one of the most fundamental liberties we enjoy as Americans. It is also one of our greatest civic responsibilities. Make freedom count. Please register and vote!

This site has been established to provide you with non-partisan information concerning elections and the political process in Dare County.


Voter ID will NOT be required in the March 2020 Election.  For more information about this change


For the most current information on candidate filing, to include Fact Sheets, Candidate Guides, fee schedules, etc., please visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections Candidate Filing page. 

Filing for the 2020 General Election contests closed at noon on Friday, December 20, 2019. 

Please note, Soil & Water Conservation Office Supervisor filing will be held at noon on Monday,  June 8 and conclude at noon on Thursday,  July 2, 2020.

2020 Primary Election - Frequently Asked Question

 Party Affiliation  Party Ballot
 Democrat Democratic 
 Republican Republican 
 Green Green 
 Constitution Constitution 
Libertarian  Libertarian 
 Unaffiliated Democratic OR Republic OR Libertarian 


At this time, the Constitution Party and the Green Party have closed their Primary to Unaffiliated voters.

The deadline to change your party affiliation is by 5:00 p.m. on February 7, 2020. You may NOT change your party on Election Day.

Visit the NCSBE at to check your voter registration information.


Start of Filing Period for Nonpartisan Nov. 5 Elections

The Dare County Board of Elections will conduct nonpartisan elections on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Candidates seeking election to nonpartisan municipal offices may file a Notice of Candidacy at the office of the Dare County Board of Elections. 

State of filing period - 12 noon, Friday, July 5, 2019
Close of filing period - 12 noon, Friday, July 19, 2019

To be accepted, all Notices of Candidacy, together with the proper filing fee, must be in the possession of the Dare County Board of Elections by 12:00 noon on Friday, July 19, 2019. 

General Candidacy Requirements

  • A registered voter qualified to vote in an election for the office sought
  • At least 21 years of age as of the date of the general election
  • Not serving an active felony sentence, including any period of probation or parole

Municipal candidates will be elected as follows:


  • 4 Councilmen (two-year term)
  • Note: At the first Town of Duck Council meeting after the November 5 election, the Council will elect the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore. 


  • 1 Mayor (two-year term)
  • 2 Commissioners (four-year term)


  • 2 Councilmen (four-year-term)


  • 1 Mayor (two-year term)
  • 3 Commissioners (four-year term) 


  • 2 Commissioners (four-year term)


  • 3 Councilmen (four-year term)

Voter registration closes at 5:00 PM on Friday, October 11, 2019 for the 2019 nonpartisan municipal elections. The Elections Office is open Monday through Friday (8:30 AM – 12:00 Noon and 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM).  If you have any questions concerning filing or voter registration, please call the Elections Office at 252-475-5630. 

Dare County Board of Elections
Sandy Semans Ross, Chair
Jim Clark, Vice Chair
Virginia Tillett, Secretary
James E. Cofield, Member
Kenneth Bukantas, Member

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