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Macon County Board of Elections
Melanie D. Thibault, 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

Melanie D. Thibault
Deputy Director
Gary Tallent
Election Specialist
Judy Fritts

Gary Dills
Vice Chairman
Kathy Tinsley
John Vanhook
Annette Bell

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- Removal of Deceased Voter
- Precinct Election Official Guide

Federal Government
- The White House
- The United States Senate
- United States House of Representatives

State and County Government
- North Carolina General Assembly
- State of North Carolina

Municipl Government

- Town of Franklin
- Town of Highlands

Political Parties
- North Carolina Democratic Party
- North Carolina Republican Party
- North Carolina Libertarian Party
- North Carolina Green Party
- North Carolina Constitution Party

- North Carolina State Board of Elections

UOCAVA Election Notice
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Sample Ballot 2018

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Macon County, North Carolina

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Macon County Board of Elections

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The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement (State Board) understands that members of the public are concerned about the federal request for data on North Carolina voters.

Please use the link below to see the Q&A for facts about the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity's request and the State Board's response.


The Macon County Board of Elections is committed to conducting fair, honest, impartial and efficient elections so that all qualified citizens in Macon County may exercise their right to vote.
The Elections Office is responsible for conducting all elections in Macon County; including municipal, county, state, and federal elections, and special referenda.

The Macon County Board of Elections provides:

  • Proof of registration upon request
  • Speakers for various functions at the request of groups desiring information about voter
  • Registration and the election process
  • Computer printouts, diskettes, and labels for a fee
  • Procedural guides for candidates
  • Election results to candidates, media, and citizens

The Macon County Board of Elections is also responsible for:

  • Voter Registration
  • Maintaining voter registration records
    Filing Candidates for Municipal, County, State Senate, and State House of Representatives
  • Administering the provisions of the campaign reporting laws
  • Training precinct officials

Types of Elections

There are three types of elections: Municipal, Primary and General elections. The following information will describe each type

Municipal Election
An election held for towns, cities or other special districts. Only residents of these municipalities and districts are eligible to vote in these elections. These elections are held in odd-numbered years.

General Election
A General Election is defined as a partisan election in which candidates are elected. All registered voters are eligible to vote in a general election. General elections are held in even-numbered years.

General elections are held for the following offices:

  • U.S. President / Vice President*
  • U.S. House Of Representatives (Congress)
  • North Carolina State House and State Senate officials
  • County Officials (e.g., County Commissioners)
  • Municipal Officials (e.g., mayor, council members)**
  • School Board
  • General elections also may include bond proposals and referenda.

* Four-year general elections (based on presidential election year).
** Municipal officials will be elected in 1999 general elections and every two years thereafter.

Registered voters may vote for candidates in either party, regardless of their declared party affiliation.

Primary Election
A Primary is defined as an election which nominates candidates to the ballot for the General Election. The nominees of each party are then placed on the ballot for general election. Primary elections are held in even numbered years prior to the general election.

A Primary Election is held to nominate a candidate to represent a political party in the General Election. Primary elections are held for the following offices:

  • U.S. House Of Representatives (Congress)

Governor and other North Carolina officials such as:

  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary Of State
  • State Auditor
  • State Treasurer
  • Superintendent Of Public Instruction
  • Commissioner Of Labor
  • Commissioner Of Insurance
  • Commissioner Of Agriculture
  • North Carolina State House and State Senate officials
  • County Officials (e.g., County Commissioners)
  • Municipal Officials (e.g., mayor, council members)

Registered voters may vote ONLY in the primary election of their declared party. If a voter is registered as "unaffiliated", he/she may vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary election.


An election where candidates do not run as a nominee of a political party. Judicial elections are non-partisan as well as most municipal elections.

An election where the candidates must be a nominee of a recognized political party or otherwise qualify.

Choice to not register with a political party.

Macon County Board of Elections
2018 Regular Meeting Schedule

The Board Members for the Macon County Board of Elections will now hold meetings on the Second Wednesday of each month at 9:00am, unless Election business is needed. All Board Meetings are held in the Board of Elections Boardroom, located on floor 1, immediately after exiting the elevator. All Board of Elections Meeting Minutes are public. For more information about Board Meetings or Board Members, please contact the Board of Elections office.

    The Board Meetings will be held on:

  • Wednesday, June 13th 9:00am
  • Wednesday, July 11th 9:00am
  • Wednesday, August 22nd 9:00am
  • Wednesday, September 12th 9:00am
  • Tuesday, October 16th 5:00pm 1st Absentee Meeting for General Election
  • Tuesday, October 23rd 5:00pm 2nd Absentee Meeting for General Election
  • Tuesday, October 30th 5:00pm 3rd Absentee Meeting for General Election
  • Monday, November 5th 5:00pm Pre-Election Day Absentee Meeting
  • Tuesday, November 6th 5:00pm Election Day Meeting
  • Friday, November 16th 11:00am County Canvass Meeting (when Election Results are made final)
  • Wednesday, December 12th 9:00am

The Board is not required to hold any of the prescribed meetings unless there is election business to be passed upon.

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