Chapter 163.

Elections and Election Laws.

SUBCHAPTER I. TIME OF PRIMARIES AND ELECTIONS.

Article 1.

Time of Primaries and Elections.

§ 163-1.  (See editor's note for 2016 primary) 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 May 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, and nonpartisan candidates as to offices elected under the provisions of Article 25 of this Chapter.

(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. 163-96 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. 163-122, 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. 163-209 and if there is a vacancy as provided by G.S. 163-210.

(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                         Tuesday next after the                    Four years, from

of Agriculture                                        first Monday in November             first day of January

                                                               1968 and every four years              next after election

                                                               thereafter

 

Commissioner       State                         Tuesday next after the                    Four years, from

of Labor                                                 first Monday in November             first day of January

                                                               1968 and every four years              next after election

                                                               thereafter

 

Commissioner       State                         Tuesday next after the                    Four years, from

of 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            Representative         Tuesday next after the                    Two years

State 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 District           for members of the General            first day of January

                                                               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

                                                               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. 163-104

States                   

 

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.)