Filing for Office

To view the 2022 Statewide Primary and General Election Candidate Guide published by the NC State Board of Elections, click here.  Candidates must file a Notice of Candidacy Form with either the New Hanover County Board of Elections or with the NC State Board of Elections during the Candidate Filing Period.  For those offices where filing can be completed at the New Hanover County Board of Elections Office, filing fees can be paid in the form of check or money order for any amount, or cash given that the filing fee is $50 or less. Checks and money orders must be payable to  “New Hanover County.” For offices filed at the North Carolina State Board of Elections office, check ncsbe.gov for specific information regarding check and money order requirements. Business or corporate checks are not accepted.

To view the Candidate List by Contest Report for the 2022 General Election, click here.  During the 2022 General Election, there will be a county referendum on the ballot. To view the Referendum Choices List Grouped by Referendum Report for the 2022 General Election, click here.

 

 

Notice of candidacy signature witness requirements: The Notice of Candidacy must be signed in the presence of the Chairman, or Executive Director of the State or New Hanover County Board of Elections, or a candidate may have his/her signature on the notice of candidacy acknowledged and certified to by any officer authorized to administer an oath, including a notary (G.S. § 163-106). In signing his or her Notice of Candidacy, the candidate may use a nickname if candidate complies with the requirement specified in G.S. § 163-106 and which includes submitting an affidavit.

Party affiliation requirements for partisan offices: No person shall be permitted to file as a candidate of any political party in a party primary if the person, at the time of filing his or her notice of candidacy, is registered as an affiliate of a different political party. No person registered as “unaffiliated” (without any party affiliation) shall be eligible to file as a candidate in a primary. No person shall be permitted to file as a candidate in a party primary unless that person has been affiliated with that party for at least 90 days as of the date of that person filing such notice of candidacy (G.S. § 163-106.1)

Offices in the Jurisdiction of the State Board of Elections

To see information regarding the offices under the jurisdiction of the NCSBE, please click here.

Additional Candidate Filing Information

For more information on running for office, please click here.

File for these offices at the North Carolina State Board of Elections

  • United States House of Representatives
  • United States Senate
  • District Attorney
  • All Judicial Offices

File for these offices at the your local county Board of Elections

  • North Carolina Senate
  • North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Most County and Local Offices

Following the conclusion of the 2022 General Election, the next candidate filing period will be for those non-partisan municipal offices that will be on the ballots during the 2023 Municipal Elections. Candidate Filing for these offices will occur during the timeframe highlighted below, and the Municipal Elections are held in November of 2023.

2023 Municipal Elections Candidate Filing Begins
Friday, July 7, 2023 @ 12:00 PM
2023 Municipal Elections Candidate Filing Ends
Friday, July 21, 2023 @ 12:00 PM

Find candidate filing documentation and assorted forms below: 

Board of Elections: 1241A Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405 • Phone 910-798-7330 • Fax 910-798-7295
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