Election Images1Cherokee County

Board of Elections


  • Gary Kilpatrick, Chairman
  • Charles Hoesch, Board Member
  • Shelly Debty, Board Member
  • Sandy Solesbee, Board Member
  • Craig Allen, Secretary

The Board of Elections now consists of five members. Three Democrats and two republicans each elected to a two year term.


The goal of the Cherokee County Board of Elections is to provide lawful, efficient, and timely execution of all elections. Our objective is to strive toward a progressive election process that meets every measure of the law as well as the demands of the 21st Century. We aim to provide fair elections for the Federal Government, the State of North Carolina, and Cherokee County. For more information on local and State Elections please visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.

The Board of Elections holds their regular monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00. The location is 40 Peachtree St. Murphy, NC 28906. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to be put on the agenda for a meeting please contact the Board of Elections office at 828-837-6670. 


Voters will now be asked to present a valid photo identification when voting in person. If you do not have a valid photo ID card, you may obtain one from your county board of elections prior to the election, through the end of the early voting period. 

If you do not have a valid photo ID card on Election Day, you may still vote and have your vote counted by signing an affidavit of reasonable impediment (or “Photo ID Exception Form”) as to why you have not presented a valid photo ID. The Exception Form can also be used if you have a religious objection to being photographed or are a victim of a recently declared natural disaster. 

As an alternative, if you don’t have your ID when you vote, you can still vote and then bring your valid photo ID to your county board of elections by 5 p.m. on the ninth day after Election Day (or the sixth day after Election Day for September or October local elections).

If you vote by mail, then you must include a photocopy of a valid photo ID when returning your ballot. You may also complete the Absentee Photo ID Exception Form that is provided with your absentee ballot materials.

A list of all types of ID that can be used for voting is available on the State Board of Elections Voter ID webpage. For information on how to get a free ID, see Get a Free Voter Photo ID.

Mark Your Calendar

December 4, 2023 Candidate Filing Begins for Statewide Election at noon

December 15, 2023 Candidate Filing Ends for Statewide Election at noon

December 25 - December 27 State Holiday - Christmas

January 1 - State Holiday

January 19 - Absentee Ballots Available for March Primary

January 15 - State Holiday

February 9 - Voter Registration Deadline for March Primary 

February 15 - One-stop voting begins 

February 27 - Last day to request absentee ballot 5:00 pm

March 2 - One-stop voting ends

March 5, 2024 Statewide Primary

November 5, 2024 Statewide General Election