Filing for Office

Candidates must file a Notice of Candidacy with the New Hanover County Board of Elections during the Candidate Filing Period.

The filing fee must be paid in the form of a check or money order, payable to the State Board of Elections or New Hanover County (filing fees $50 and under may be paid in cash). Business or corporate checks are not accepted.

To see an Excel file of candidates who have filed for office in New Hanover County from 2004 to 2016, 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 G.S. § 163-323(a), 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 who has changed political party affiliation shall be permitted to file as a candidate in the primary of the party to which that person changed unless the person has been affiliated with that political party at least 75 days prior to the date of filing (S.L. 2015-258).

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.

Running for Office

For more information on running for office, please select the appropriate link below.

The New Hanover County Board of Elections receives Notice of Candidacy paperwork and filing fees.


Primary Election Candidate Filing Begins
Monday, February 12, 2018

Municipal Election Candidate Filing Ends
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Board of Elections: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 38 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7330 • Fax 910-798-7295