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The Martin County Board of Elections conducts local elections, operate voting sites, maintain voter registration lists, and handle numerous aspects of election administration. The Martin County Board of Elections works in conjunction with the State Board of Elections to ensure that elections are conducted lawfully and fairly

In every county of the State there is a County Board of Elections, consisting of three persons of good moral character who are registered voters in the county in which they are to act. Members of County Boards of Elections shall be appointed by the State Board of Elections every two years. Not more than two members of the County Board of Elections shall belong to the same political party. The state chairman of each political party shall have the right to recommend to the State Board of Elections three registered voters in each county for appointment to the Board of Elections for that county.

The Board elects one of its members as Chairman and one as Secretary. The law specifies the date for required meetings. The Board meets on the third Monday of each month (if necessary). All meetings are held at 5:00 PM in the Elections' office. All meetings are open to the public.

All funds for the board of elections come from the Board of County Commissioners.

The County Board of Election shall perform all the duties imposed upon them by law, which shall include the following: 

  • To make rules and instructions for the guidance of election officers and voters;
  • To appoint and/or remove chief judges, judges, assistants, and other officers of elections, and designate the precinct in which each shall serve;
  • To investigate irregularities, nonperformance of duties, and violations of laws by election officers and other persons;
  • To establish election precincts, and to provide for places of registration and for holding primaries and elections;
  • To review, examine, and certify the sufficiency and validity of petitions and nominations;
  • To have ballots and other supplies printed for registrations and elections; and to provide for the delivery of ballots, poll books, and other required materials to the voting places;
  • To provide for the purchase, preservation, and maintenance of voting booths, ballot boxes, poll books, and other forms and equipment used in elections; and to cause the voting places to be suitably provided with voting booths and other supplies;
  • To provide for the issuance of all notices, advertisements, and publications concerning elections;
  • To receive the returns of primaries and elections, canvass the returns, make abstracts thereof, transmit such abstracts to the proper authorities, and to issue certificates of election;
  • To appoint and/or remove the board's clerk, assistant clerks, and other employees;
  • To prepare and submit to the proper appropriating officers a budget estimating the cost of elections for the ensuing fiscal year;
  • To perform other such duties as necessary for the purpose of registering voters and holding elections. 

Martin County Board of Elections

Martin County Governmental Center
305 East Main Street (Room 120)
PO Box 801
Williamston, NC  27892

Phone: (252) 789-4317
Fax: (252) 789-4319

Office Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM
Monday - Friday
(Closed for lunch from noon to 1 PM)


Board Chair:
     Arnetta P. Roberson
Board Secretary:
     Donald G. Torrence, Jr.
Board Member:
     William Earl Newsome
     Kristy Dupree Modlin



As of March 13, 2017, there are 16,848 registered voters in Martin County, NC.