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Three good reasons for you to vote

  1. Your vote can make a big difference in who wins a local election.
    How just one person voted − or didn’t vote − determined the winners in over 30 North Carolina cities in 2021. Your vote matters!
  2. The City Council makes decisions affecting nearly every part of your life −
    affordable housing, police conduct, new jobs, parks, street repair, transit, neighborhood zoning. But you decide who wins!
  3. Listen to what other voters say about why they’re voting . . .

“. . . too many of my ancestors died for me not to be using my right to vote.” – Kristen Marion

“. . . city elections can be very close, so my one vote could have a big impact.” – Angelica Robles

“. . . it’s not just about who’s president. Who runs local government directly affects me.” – Austin Padilla

“. . . I want someone in city hall fighting for issues important to our community.” – Robert Dawkins

What does the City Council do?

The Mayor and the other 8 members of the City Council make a wide range of decisions affecting your life. They hire and supervise the city manager, who hires the police chief and other department heads, with Council confirmation. The Board sets policies and priorities and oversees the many functions of local government, including:

  • The Police & Fire Departments
  • Zoning & Building Code Enforcement
  • Electric & Water Service & Rates
  • Sidewalks, Streets & Road Repair
  • Tourism & Economic Development
  • Rec Centers, Parks & Golf Course
  • Tax Rates & the City Budget
  • Appointments to Boards & Committees

In this May’s election, you can also pick the Democratic or Republican candidates for US Senate and NC House who should advance to the November ballot.

This 2022 voter guide for Elizabeth City

is produced by Democracy NC and Common Cause, which are not affiliated with any political party or candidate. This Guide provides responses from the candidates and vital information about the voting process. Some candidates did not provide a website or photograph. One of the questions asked candidates to choose a topic to address from 3 options: affordable housing; police accountability and community relations; or jobs for youth. For questions about voting, call the Pasquotank Co. Board of Elections at 252- 335-1739 or the Hotline at 888-687-8683. Two useful websites are and

Preview all the choices on your entire ballot at

Where to vote early, April 28-May 14

Best Choice! Take advantage of evening, weekday and weekend hours to vote early. You can also register to vote during Early Voting.

  • Where: Board of Elections Office, 1409 Parkview Dr., Elizabeth City
  • When: Weekdays, April 28-May 13, 8 am-7:30 pm; Saturday, April 30, 8 am-7:30 pm; Sunday, May 8, 2 pm-6 pm; and Saturday, May 14, 8 am-3 pm

Preview all the choices on your entire ballot at
Questions? Call 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683) or visit

Adapted from voter guides by Democracy NC & Common Cause.