- Board of Elections
Board of Elections
The Richmond County Board of Elections is dedicated to maintaining accurate voter registration records. The Board conducts all elections held within Richmond County, and is responsible for enforcing the election laws of the state of North Carolina.
Our principal functions include; establishing election precincts and voting sites, appointing and training precinct officials, preparing and distributing ballots, voting equipment, canvassing and certifying the ballots cast in elections, candidate campaign finance compliance and providing public information on elections and voting procedures, and investigating any voting irregularities.
We provide assistance for persons who desire to file for office; and we are charged with conducting all elections in a fair, honest and impartial manner for the citizens of Richmond County and the six municipalities within its borders.
- Carlton L. Hawkins, Chairperson
- Randy Benton, Member
- Daphne Stancil, Member
- Haywood E. Walters, Jr, Member
Photo ID Required for Voting
On April 28, 2023, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed an injunction against implementation of photo ID legislation. As a result, photo ID laws enacted in 2018 and 2019 will be implemented moving forward, starting with the municipal elections in September, October, and November 2023.
The State Board is working with the 100 county boards of elections to ensure a smooth rollout of the photo ID requirement. This includes informing voters about the change and the acceptable forms of identification for voting, ensuring any voter without an ID can get one, training the county boards on implementation measures, updating forms and envelopes for absentee voting, creating and printing new signage for polling places, and many other efforts.