Absentee Ballot

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Who may request an Absentee-by-mail ballot?
1.     Any voter registered in Rutherford County can request a mail - in absentee ballot from the Rutherford County Board of Elections prior to the last Tuesday before an election.
2.     Each request MUST have a valid NC Drivers License Number (or DMV permit/ID card) OR last four digits of your Social Security number.
3.    A request may be made by the voter's  legal guardian or near relative.
Near relative includes {Spouse, Brother, Sister, Parent, Grandparent, Child, Grandchild, Mother-in-law, Father-in-law, Daughter-in-law, Son-in-law, Stepparent, Stepchild} ONLY 
Again, each request must have the voters' NC Drivers License Number or the last four digits of the voters' Social Security number.

To request an Absentee Ballot for Rutherford County you may choose one of 3 ways:
Online Request Portal = this will link you to the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Portal. This is the fastest way to request a Mail-in Absentee Ballot. 

Absentee Ballot Request form
You may print the absentee request form linked above and return to our office.  
Printed request forms may be returned by mail  at:
Rutherford County Board of Elections
PO Box 927
Rutherfordton NC 281396
or hand delivered at:
Rutherford Co. Board of Elections
298 Fairground Rd.
Spindale, NC 28160

Come to our office at 298 Fairground Rd. in Spindale, NC and complete a form or have any immediate relative as described above come to our office and make a request for you.

              Please note:                       

  • Power of Attorney is not allowed to sign unless they are the voter's near relative or the voter's verifiable legal guardian.
  • You are no longer allowed to hand write a request for an absentee ballot on any form. It must be requested on the State approved form provided.        
  • Faxed or emailed absentee ballot request forms are not allowed.                       

When a valid request is received, the county board of elections office will mail the voter absentee balloting materials to the address provided on the request form.

To Vote an Absentee Ballot in Person

You may vote an absentee one-stop ballot at one of our one-stop locations beginning the second Thursday before each election. One stop hours are posted on this website before each election. 

Check this website before each election to see if additional one-stop sites will be open.