Election Filing Period Opens Feb 8
Special Report - February 8, 2010
Filing opens today for North Carolina candidates who intend to run for public office in the 2010 elections. Candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, District Attorney, N.C. State Senate, N.C. State House of Representatives, all county offices, and state and local courts have until 12 pm noon on Friday, February 26 to file a Notice of Candidacy with the proper filing fee to the Board of Elections. Unaffiliated candidates have until June 25 to file, since they do not face the possibility of a primary election.
One seat (Edward Thomas Brady) is up for election on the N.C. State Supreme Court. Ann Marie Calabria, Rick Elmore, Sanford L. Steelman, Jr., and Martha A. Geer’s terms all expire this year on the N.C. Court of Appeals. Over 30 Superior Courts, and nearly 40 District Courts around the state have at least one seat up for election in 2010.
For those races in which more than one person files as a candidate for the same political party, a Primary Election will be held May 4. Absentee voting for primaries begins March 15 with ballots due back by May 3. One-stop voting for primaries will be open April 15May 1. Voter registration forms must be postmarked or hand-delivered by April 9 to be eligible to vote in the primaries. Citizens who are not yet 18, but will be 18 by November 2 may register and vote in the primary election. The General Election will be November 2. Citizens must be registered to vote by October 8 to be eligible to vote in the General Election. One-stop voting will begin October 14, and absentee ballots must be requested no later than October 26.
More information on how to file for office and how to register to vote is available on the North Carolina Board of Elections Web site.
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