SUBCHAPTER III. ELECTION AND ELECTION LAWS.

Article 15.

Time of Primaries and Elections.

Part 1. Time of Primaries and Elections.

§ 163A-700.  Time of regular elections and primaries.

(a)        Unless otherwise provided by law, elections for the officers listed in the tabulation contained in this section shall be conducted in all election precincts of the territorial units specified in the column headed "Jurisdiction" on the dates indicated in the column headed "Date of Election." Unless otherwise provided by law, officers shall serve for the terms specified in the column headed "Term of Office."

(b)        On Tuesday next after the first Monday in March preceding each general election to be held in November for the officers referred to in subsection (a) of this section, there shall be held in all election precincts within the territory for which the officers are to be elected a primary election for the purpose of nominating candidates for each political party in the State for those offices.

(c)        On Tuesday next after the first Monday in November in the year 1968, and every four years thereafter, or on such days as the Congress of the United States shall direct, an election shall be held in all of the election precincts of the State for the election of electors of President and Vice-President of the United States. The number of electors to be chosen shall be equal to the number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which this State may be entitled. Presidential electors shall not be nominated by primary election; instead, they shall be nominated in a State convention of each political party as defined in G.S. 163A-950 unless otherwise provided by the plan of organization of the political party; provided, that in the case of a candidate for President of the United States who has qualified to have his name printed on the general election ballot as an unaffiliated candidate under G.S. 163A-1005, that candidate shall nominate presidential electors. One presidential elector shall be nominated from each congressional district and two from the state-at-large, and in addition, the State convention of each party and the unaffiliated candidate shall each nominate first and second alternate electors who shall serve if their slate is elected as provided by G.S. 163A-1226 and if there is a vacancy as provided by G.S. 163A-1229.

(d)       If primaries for the State Senate or State House of Representatives are temporarily moved from the date provided in subsection (b) of this section for any election year, all primaries shall be held on the same day.

OFFICE                JURISDICTION  DATE OF ELECTION          TERM OF OFFICE

 

Governor               State                      Tuesday next after the Four years, from

                                                            first Monday in November     first day of January

                                                            1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

Lieutenant             State                      Tuesday next after the Four years, from

Governor                                             first Monday in November     first day of January

                                                            1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

Secretary of          State                      Tuesday next after the Four years, from

State                                                    first Monday in November     first day of January

                                                            1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

Auditor                 State                      Tuesday next after the Four years, from

                                                            first Monday in November     first day of January

                                                            1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

Treasurer               State                      Tuesday next after the Four years, from

                                                            first Monday in November     first day of January

                                                            1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

Superintendent      State                      Tuesday next after the Four years, from

of Public                                              first Monday in November     first day of January

Instruction                                           1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

Attorney

General                  State                      Tuesday next after the Four years, from

                                                            first Monday in November     first day of January

                                                            1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

Commissioner       State

of

Agriculture                                          Tuesday next after the Four years, from

                                                            first Monday in November     first day of January

                                                            1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

Commissioner       State

of                                                         Tuesday next after the Four years, from

Labor                                                   first Monday in November     first day of January

                                                            1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

Commissioner       State

of                                                         Tuesday next after the Four years, from

Insurance                                             first Monday in November     first day of January

                                                            1968 and every four years       next after election

                                                            thereafter

All other State       State                      Tuesday next after the Four years, from

officers whose                                     first Monday in November     first day of January

terms last for                                       1968 and every four years       next after election

four years                                            thereafter

All other State       State                      Tuesday next after the Two years, from

officers whose                                     first Monday in November     first day of January

terms are not                                       1968 and every two years       next after election

specified by law                                  thereafter

State Senator         Senatorial              Tuesday next after the Two years

                           district                   first Monday in November

                                                         1968 and every two years

                                                         thereafter

Member of State   Representative      Tuesday next after the Two years

House of               district                   first Monday in November

Representatives                                   1968 and every two years

                                                            thereafter

Justices and           State                      Except as provided in             Eight years, from

Judges of the                                       Article 1A of Chapter 7A       first day of January

Appellate                                             of the General Statutes,          next after election

Division                                               at the regular election

                                                            for members of the General

                                                            Assembly immediately

                                                            preceding the termination

                                                            of each regular term

Judges of the         Superior                 At the regular election Eight years, from

superior courts      Court                     for members of the General    first day of January

                              District                  Assembly immediately           after next election

                                                            preceding the termination

                                                            of each regular term

Judges of the         District                  At the regular election Four years, from the

district courts        court                      for members of the General    first day in January

                              district                   Assembly immediately           next after election

                                                            preceding the termination

                                                            of each regular term

District                  District                  At the regular election Four years, from

Attorney                Attorney                for members of the General    first day of January

                              District                  Assembly immediately           next after election

                                                            preceding the termination

                                                            of each regular term

Members of           Congressional        Tuesday next after the Two years

House of               district,                  first Monday in November

Representatives     except as               1968 and every two years

of the Congress     modified               thereafter

of the United         by G.S

States                    163A-970

United States        State                      At the regular election Six years

Senators                                              immediately preceding the

                                                            termination of each

                                                            regular term

County                  County                  At the regular election Two years, from the

Commissioners                                    for members of the General    first Monday in

                                                            Assembly immediately           December next after

                                                            preceding the termination       election

                                                            of each regular term

Clerk of                 County                  At the regular election Four years, from the

superior court                                      for members of the General    first Monday in

                                                            Assembly immediately           December next after

                                                            preceding the termination       election

                                                            of each regular term

Register of            County                  At the regular election Four years, from the

deeds                                                   for members of the General    first Monday in

                                                            Assembly immediately           December next after

                                                            preceding the termination       election

                                                            of each regular term

Sheriff                   County                  At the regular election Four years, from the

                                                            for members of the General    first Monday in

                                                            Assembly immediately           December next after

                                                            preceding the termination       election

                                                            of each regular term

Coroner                 County                  At the regular election Four years, from the

                                                            for members of the General    first Monday in

                                                            Assembly immediately           December next after

                                                            preceding the termination       election

                                                            of a regular term

County                  County                  Tuesday next after the Two years, from the

Treasurer (in                                        first Monday in November     first Monday in

counties in                                           1968 and every two years       December next after

which elected)                                     thereafter                                 election

All other                County                  Tuesday next after the Two years, from the

county officers                                    first Monday in November     first Monday in

to be elected                                        1968 and every two years       December next after

by the people                                       thereafter                                 election

 

(Const., art. 4, s. 24; 1901, c. 89, ss. 1-4, 73, 74, 77; Rev., ss. 4293, 4294, 4296-4299; 1915, c. 101, s. 1; 1917, c. 218; C.S., ss. 5914, 5915, 5917-5920, 6018; 1935, c. 362; 1939, c. 196; 1943, c. 134, s. 4; 1947, c. 505, s. 1; 1951, c. 1009, s. 2; 1953, c. 1191, s. 1; 1967, c. 775, s. 1; cc. 1264, 1271; 1969, c. 44, s. 80; 1971, c. 170; 1973, c. 793, s. 93; 1977, c. 265, s. 1; c. 661, s. 1; 1991 (Reg. Sess., 1992), c. 782, s. 1; 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 738, s. 2; 1996, 2nd Ex. Sess., c. 9, s. 2; 2003-434, 1st Ex. Sess., s. 6; 2004-127, s. 12; 2005-425, s. 3.2; 2015-66, s. 3; 2017-3, s. 2; 2017-6, s. 3; 2018-21, s. 1.)