Cherokee County

Board of Elections


  • Gary Kilpatrick, Chairman
  • Eddie Adams, Secretary
  • Pat Ackerman, Board Member
  • Sandy Solesbee, Board Member
  • Craig Allen, Board Member

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.

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Cherokee County Board of Elections to conduct educational seminar on voter ID requirement


RALEIGH, N.C.—The Cherokee County Board of Elections will hold an educational seminar about voter photo identification requirements at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.,Wednesday, August 21, 2019, in the County Commissioners Board Room in the Cherokee County Courthouse at 75 Peachtree Street, Murphy NC.

The Seminar is free and open to the public.

Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote.  This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions.  In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C.Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls.

SessionLaw 2018-144 requires each county board of elections to hold at least two voter ID seminars before September 1, 2019.  Attendees also will receive information about voting options, including absentee-by-mail,One-Stop early voting and Election Day voting. Information about provisional voting, the availability of free North Carolina voter ID cards and residency requirements will also be provided.

For more information on the voter ID requirement in North Carolina, please go to

Questions? Please contact the Cherokee County Board of Elections at 828-837-6670 or