Voting Information for Teens and College Students
How old do I have to be in order to register and vote in Wake County?
To be eligible to vote in NC, you must be 18 years old as of the date of the election. 17 year olds may vote in a primary if they will turn 18 by the date of the general election.
How do I register to vote?
Fill out a voter registration application form. Options for submitting the form are included on the form.
I am a college student in Wake County. What are my voting options?
Use this chart to view your voting options based on the county/state where you are registered to vote.
I am a college student in Wake County. Should I register to vote at my local address or my address back home?
College students are permitted by state law to register to vote at either their local address or their family's home address. You must vote in the county where you are registered, however, so be sure to use this chart to determine your voting options.
Educational Resources for Youth
- Ben's Guide to the US Government for Kids – Age-appropriate games, glossary, learning adventures about the branches of government, information about how laws are made and more.
- The White House – Official White House website offering virtual tours, presidential histories and more.
- Kids.gov – Official government website for kids that provides learning opportunities in the areas of history, government, money, math, science and more.
- US Department of Justice – Website geared toward older teens and adults that teaches about the Federal Court System and criminal justice process.
- State of North Carolina Kids Page – Website created by the NC Secretary of State's office that contains a state almanac, fun facts, homework help, games and more.
- North Carolina General Assembly Kids' Links – A list of North Carolina educational websites for kids.
- Kids Voting USA – Nationwide nonprofit group devoted to creating lifelong voting habits.
- A Guide to the US Government Branches - Site is managed by online.maryville.edu. The site has many links to sources you may find helpful if writing a research paper.
- American Revolution Worksheets and Facts
- The Declaration of Independence
- The US Constitution
- Bill of Rights
- US Constitutional Amendments
- The Legislative Branch
- Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court
- US House Leadership
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Presidential Veto
- Presidential Fun Facts