Board of Elections
Debbie George, Director - email
5 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: (828) 349-2034
Fax: (828) 349-2557
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Board Members & Staff
Gary D. Dills
Sara R. Waldroop
Macon County • Board of Elections
You will be assigned a voting place within the precinct where you live when you register or when you notify the Board of Elections of an address change. You will be assigned your precinct when you register. You may also call the Board of Elections office for the location of your voting place.
On Election Day
All voting places in Macon County are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on every Election Day. Upon entering the voting place, give your name, address, and party (primary elections only) to the precinct officials. If you are properly registered, you will be given the appropriate ballot and directed to the voting machine to vote.
Note: If a person has changed addresses and not yet notified the election office, they may still vote on election day. The voter would need to go to the new precinct where the poll worker will fill out the forms and verify with the county board of elections office. However, this will obviously take time and it is much simpler to change your address prior to election day.
If you are unable to enter the voting place because of age or physical disability, you will be allowed to vote either in your vehicle or near the voting place during the hours that the polling place is open.
If you fail to change your address by the registration deadline, there is a procedure that allows you to vote. You may also appear at the Board of Elections office between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Election Day if you failed to change your address. Your information will be corrected and you will vote while in this office. To avoid any delay, please notify the elections office of any address change within 25 days of an election.
One-stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting)
One-stop absentee voting (in-person absentee voting, or early voting) allows registered voters to go in person to their county board of elections office (or an alternative location) to vote an absentee ballot. One-stop absentee voting is conducted starting on the 3rd Thursday before the election and ends at 1:00 p.m. on the last Saturday before the election.
Significant changes were made to the method of requesting and returning an absentee ballot by mail.
Absentee By Mail Voting
Absentee by mail ballots can be requested by any registered Macon County voter or the voter's near relative
in any primary, municipal or general election conducted by the Macon County Board of Elections in which the
voter is qualified to vote. For most elections, ballots will be available 50 days prior to the date of election,
60 days prior to the date of a statewide general election and 30 days prior to the date of a municipal election.
How to Request an Absentee Ballot
To receive a mail-in absentee ballot for an election, a voter or the voter's near relative or legal guardian must
use the State Absentee Ballot Request Form to request the ballot. Please click the link provided for the State
Absentee Ballot Request Form. Forms are also available at the Macon County Board of Elections office or from
the State Board of Elections
www.ncsbe.gov . The form can be reproduced.
Click this link for an Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form
Deadline for Requesting an Absentee Ballot
State Absentee Ballot Request Forms must be received in the Macon County Board of Elections by 5:00 PM on
the Tuesday before Election Day (one week prior to the election).
Requests By Near Relative
A request for an absentee ballot for a voter may be made by the voter or the voter's near relative. The State Absentee Ballot Request Form may be completed by the following near relatives for a qualified voter:
- Brother or sister
- Father- or Mother-in-law
- Son- or Daughter-in-law
- Verifiable legal guardian
Completing the State Absentee Ballot Request Form
The State Absentee Ballot Request Form may only be signed by the voter or a near relative or legal guardian
of the voter. When completing the form, the voter or the requestor must sign and provide the voter's name,
residential address, date of birth, and an identification number for the voter (i.e., NC DMV driver
license number, NC DMV identification card number, or the last four digits of the voter's social
security number.) If an identification number is not provided on the form, then the requestor must
submit one of the documents listed below along with the completed request form:
If a person other than the voter (a near relative or legal guardian) makes the request, then the
requestor must also provide his or her name and residential address on the request form. If
requesting a ballot for a partisan primary, and the voter is registered Unaffiliated, the voter
or requestor should indicate the ballot preference for the voter. Finally, the voter or requestor
must provide the address where the absentee balloting materials are to be mailed, if different than
the voter's residential address.
- A copy of a current and valid photo identification
- A copy of one of the following documents that shows the name and address of the voter: a current
utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.
NOTE: If a registered North Carolina voter (including eligible dependents) is absent due to military
service or is currently living overseas, then only the actual voter may complete the State Absentee
Ballot Request Form or apply using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). For more information
please visit the NC State Board of Election's website at
Processing of Absentee Ballot Requests
If the request is complete and the voter is eligible to vote in the election, the absentee balloting
materials will be mailed to the voter once ballots for an election are available. The materials are
not available for in-person pick up -- they must be mailed.
Upon receiving the balloting materials, the voter must follow the ballot marking and return instructions.
In the presence of two witnesses (or one witness if the witness is a notary-public) who are over the age
of 18, the voter should mark the ballot, or cause it to be marked according to his or her instructions.
Deadline for Returning an Absentee Ballot
All civilian absentee ballots must be received by the Macon County Board of Elections by 5:00 PM on the
day of the election. If mailed, the ballot is timely as long as the container-return envelope is postmarked
by Election Day and received no later than three days after the election, by 5:00 PM. If balloting materials
are returned in person, only the voter or a near relative may deliver the ballot.
Polling Place Buffer Zones for Macon County Polling Places:
The following is a list of Macon County polling places and a description of each
buffer zone in which Election Day electioneering. Buffer zones are designated in
accordance with G.S. 163-166.4(a), by the County Board of Elections. Where
practical set limit of the zone is 50 feet from the door of entrance to the voting place.
The poll workers will mark buffer zones on Election Day with
"No Campaigning Past This Point" at the following polling locations:
- North Franklin - Franklin Town Hall - 95 Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734
- South Franklin - Macon County Public Library - 149 Siler Farm Rd. Franklin, NC 28734
- East Franklin - Macon County Environmental Resource Center - 1624 Lakeside Drive, Franklin, NC 28734
- Iotla - Macon County Airport - 1241 Airport Road, Franklin, NC 28734
- Union - Macon County Community Building - 1288 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734
- Millshoal - Holly Springs Community Building - 2720 Cat Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734
- Ellijay - Cullasaja Gorge Fire & Rescue - 104 River Road, Franklin, NC 28734
- Sugarfork - Pine Grove School - 38 Peeks Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734
- Highlands - Highlands Civic Center - 600 North 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741
- Flats - Scaly Mountain Fire Department - 169 Hale Ridge Rd, Scaly Mountain, NC 28775
- Smithbridge - Otto Community Building - 60 Firehouse Rd, Otto, NC 28763
- Cartoogechaye - West Macon Fire and Rescue - 564 Charles Nolen Road, Franklin NC 28734
- Nantahala - Nantahala EMS Building - 1096 Junaluska Road, Topton NC 28781
- Burningtown - Burningtown Community Building - 250 Burningtown Baptist Church Road, Franklin, NC 28714
- Cowee - Cowee School - 51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin, NC 28734
Voting Machine Instructions