Per Session Law 2018-146, county boards of elections in North Carolina are composed of five appointed members. Four members are appointed by the NC State Board of Elections: two Democrats and two Republicans. The Chair is appointed by the Governor. The Board is responsible for the administration of Elections and Related Laws and Rules of North Carolina. The Director, upon recommendation of the Board, is appointed by the State to advise and provide administrative oversight of the elections department. To see additional information on board meetings, please click here.
The Board is responsible for conducting all federal, state, and local elections held within the County and delegated to perform duties as may be prescribed by N.C. General Statutes Chapter 163A, or by the rules, orders, and directives of the State Board of Elections. The Board appoints all chief judges, judges, assistants, and other officers of elections and is responsible for investigating irregularities, nonperformance of duties, and violations of laws by election officers and other persons.
Oliver Carter assumed the Chair in 2021, bringing with him a lifelong interest in the mechanics of voting and a strong conviction that an informed and engaged citizenry is the bedrock of the democratic system of governance on which our Republic rests. Every eligible citizen must be able to vote without undue inconvenience or confusion. At the same time, there is no room whatsoever for any type of fraud or outside interference in the electoral system. Oliver looks forward to working with his fellow Board Members, the County Elections Office, both political parties, and all of the election workers and volunteers who contribute so much time, talent, and wisdom to the ongoing success of our system of self-governance.
Oliver Carter practices law with Carter & Carter, P.A., handling a variety of civil matters. He is a Certified Specialist in Creditors’ Rights, Business Bankruptcy, and Consumer Bankruptcy. In 2021, Oliver was recognized by Business NC as a member of the Legal Elite. In addition to his debtor-creditor practice, Oliver represents clients in routine civil litigation and advises businesses and their principals and agents regarding corporate governance and fiduciary duties. Oliver currently serves on the board of the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and he has previously served on the boards of the Historic Wilmington Foundation and the NHC Parks Conservancy. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, graduating with Honors, before receiving his law degree from NYU School of Law, where he received the Vandebilt Medal and President’s Service Award.
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Bruce Kemp joins the New Hanover County Board of Elections with decades of IT experience ranging from computer programmer/analyst to manager and consultant with a retailer, Price Waterhouse and Reynolds Metals. This experience, alongside his Mathematics degree from Davidson College and MBA from the College of William and Mary has prepared him to serve well on multiple boards. Having previously served as an Election Chief/ Assistant Chief (Judge) from 2009 to 2019 in Fairfax County Virginia, Bruce co-authored an inside poll-watcher guide used by multiple jurisdictions. Bruce served years as a legislative aide for a Virginia state senator, as a General Assembly lobbyist, and he and his wife Jody have been involved in state and local campaigns. The Kemps have two sons, Jack and Chris, and four grandchildren.
Derrick R. Miller joins the New Hanover County Board of Elections for his second term. Derrick grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 2008, after graduating from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, majoring in German at Davidson College, earning his Ph.D. in German literature from UNC Chapel Hill, and teaching at Duke University, he relocated to Wilmington. Currently, he teaches German at UNC Wilmington, chairs the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and serves as a UNCW elected delegate to the UNC Faculty Assembly. Derrick is member of St. James Episcopal Church, and is actively involved with a number of community organizations, including serving as treasurer of Stonewall Sports Wilmington, and has adopted and fostered dogs from Carolina Basset Hound Rescue. And, as a local activist, Derrick has advocated for the North Carolina State Constitution’s guarantee of free elections.