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Update Dec. 8, 2021
The North Carolina Supreme Court on Dec. 8 suspended candidate filing for all offices for the 2022 primary election.
This includes filing for rescheduled municipal contests, and any separate filing period in January for those contests.
The Supreme Court also pushed the date of the primary and rescheduled municipal elections back more than two months – to Tuesday, May 17, 2022. It had been scheduled for March 8.
N.C. Supreme Court Order No. 413P21
Update Dec. 7, 2021
Absent further instruction from the courts, county boards should file legislative candidates when filing opens for Dec. 7. The State Board will likewise file congressional candidates.
Update Dec. 6, 2021
The North Carolina Court of Appeals just issued an order temporarily suspending filing for congressional and legislative offices. By order of the court, the county boards may not file candidates for State House and State Senate until further notice. Likewise, the State Board may not file candidates for U.S. House until further notice.
Are you thinking of running for office? Any person seeking to become a candidate must file a notice of candidacy form. There are two candidate filing periods for elections in 2022. Candidates seeking their party’s nomination in the 2022 statewide primary will file during the first period. Those who are nominated will become candidates in the statewide general election.
The candidate filing period will run from noon on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, to noon on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Candidate filing will be held in the conference room on the first floor at Election Services new location, 59 Woodfin Place.
A new state law requires sheriff candidates and appointees to verify that they have no prior felony convictions or expungements of felony convictions. The required forms are now available on the NC Department of Justice website. Once completed, candidates for sheriff will obtain a disclosure statement, which is required for filing for office.