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2021 Municipal Elections

Many cities and towns across North Carolina are currently scheduled to elect local offices in 2021. Different cities have different Election Days this year.

>>To find more information on your county’s municipal elections, see this Municipal Election Lookup Tool on the NC State Board of Elections website.

In 2021, there are currently two municipal election dates:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021

How are municipal election dates determined? They are set according to the election method as outlined by N.C. General Statutes, a local act of the General Assembly, and/or municipal charters. To learn about election methods, see the State Board of Elections’ information on Types of Elections: Municipal Elections.

Your Vote Matters Even More in 2021

Care about racial injustice and police conduct? Affordable housing? Taxes, transportation, public safety, and the cost of utilities? Your mayor and city council have a big influence on policies that affect your life. Most cities have elections this year, and a few hundred votes may determine who wins or loses. Many school boards are also holding elections, determining who cares for our kids amid COVID. 

All elections matter, but typically only a small number of people vote in an off-year election. So raise your voice this year!

Click here to see if your Municipality has a non-partisan Voter Guide that you can use to make your picks.

Your Ballot and Precinct

You can look up your sample ballot and your Election Day voting precinct through a three-step process on the State Board of Elections voter lookup tool.  We provide instructions on how to complete this process through the link below.

Click here for instructions to look up your sample ballot.

Early Voting

Early Voting is a great way to avoid long lines, access more flexible voting hours and locations, and have a chance to register or update your registration on-site.  Dates for Early Voting in 2021 will vary depending on which city and county you live in.

When the election gets closer, locations, days, and hours for Early Voting will be posted.

See our Early Voting page for more details.