Chapter 163.

Elections and Election Laws.

SUBCHAPTER I. TIME OF PRIMARIES AND ELECTIONS.

Article 1.

Time of Primaries and Elections.

§ 163-1.  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                     Four years, from

                                                                the first Monday                        first day of

                                                                in November 1968                    January next

                                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

Lieutenant               State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

Governor                                                  the first Monday                        first day of

                                                                in November 1968                    January next

                                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

Secretary of            State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

State                                                        the first Monday                        first day of

                                                                in November 1968                    January next

                                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

Auditor                   State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

                                                                the first Monday                        first day of

                                                                in November 1968                    January next

                                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

Treasurer                State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

                                                                the first Monday                        first day of

                                                                in November 1968                    January next

                                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

Superinten-             State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

dent of                                                      the first Monday                        first day of

Public                                                       in November 1968                    January next

Instruction                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

Attorney                 State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

General                                                    the first Monday                        first day of

                                                                in November 1968                    January next

                                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

Commissioner         State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

of                                                             the first Monday                        first day of

Agriculture                                                in November 1968                    January next

                                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

Commissioner         State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

of Labor                                                   the first Monday                        first day of

                                                                in November 1968                    January next

                                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

Commissioner         State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

of                                                             the first Monday                        first day of

Insurance                                                  in November 1968                    January next

                                                                and every four                           after election

                                                                years thereafter

All other                 State                          Tuesday next after                     Four years, from

State                                                        the first Monday                        first day of

officers                                                     in November 1968                    January next

whose terms                                             and every four                           after election

last for                                                      years thereafter

four years

All other                 State                          Tuesday next after                     Two years, from

State                                                        the first Monday                        first day of

officers                                                     in November 1968                    January next

whose terms                                             and every two                           after election

are not                                                      years thereafter

specified

by law

State Senator          Senatorial                   Tuesday next after                     Two years

                              district                        the first Monday

                                                                in November 1968

                                                                and every two

                                                                years thereafter

Member of             Representative            Tuesday next after                     Two years

State House            district                        the first Monday

of Repre-                                                 in November 1968

sentatives                                                  and every two

                                                                years thereafter

Justices and            State                          At the regular                            Eight years,

Judges of the                                            election for                                from first day

Appellate                                                  members of the                         of January next

Division                                                    General Assembly                     after election

                                                                immediately preceding

                                                                the termination of

                                                                each regular term

Judges of the          Superior                     At the regular                            Eight years,

superior                  Court                         election for                                from first day

courts                     District                       members of the                         of January next

                                                                General Assembly                     after election

                                                                immediately preceding

                                                                the termination of

                                                                each regular term

Judges of the          District court               At the regular                            Four years, from

district                    district                        election for                                the first day in

courts                                                       members of the                         January next

                                                                General Assembly                     after election

                                                                immediately preceding              

                                                                the termination                         

                                                                of each regular

                                                                term

District                   District                       At the regular                            Four years, from

Attorney                 Attorney                     election for                                first day of

                              district                        members of the                         January next

                                                                General Assembly                     after election

                                                                immediately preceding

                                                                the termination

                                                                of each regular

                                                                term

Members of            Congressional             Tuesday next after                     Two years

House of                district,                       the first Monday

Representa-            except as                    in November 1968

tives of                   modified by                and every two

the                          G.S. 163-104             years thereafter

Congress of

the United

States

United States          State                          At the regular                            Six years

Senators                                                   election immed-

                                                                iately preceding

                                                                the termination

                                                                of each regular

                                                                term

County                   County                       At the regular                            Two years, from

commissioners                                          election for                                the first

                                                                members of the                         Monday in

                                                                General Assembly                     December next

                                                                immediately preceding               after election

                                                                the termination of

                                                                each regular term

Clerk of                  County                       At the regular                            Four years, from

superior                                                    election for                                the first

court                                                        members of the                         Monday in

                                                                General Assembly                     December next

                                                                immediately preceding               after election

                                                                the termination

                                                                of each regular term

Register of              County                       At the regular                            Four years, from

deeds                                                       election for                                the first

                                                                members of the                         Monday in

                                                                General Assembly                     December next

                                                                immediately                               after election

                                                                preceding the

                                                                termination of

                                                                each regular term

Sheriff                    County                       At the regular                            Four years, from

                                                                election for                                the first

                                                                members of the                         Monday in

                                                                General Assembly                     December next

                                                                immediately                               after election

                                                                preceding the

                                                                termination of

                                                                each regular term

Coroner                 County                       At the regular                            Four years, from

                                                                election for                                the first

                                                                members of the                         Monday in

                                                                General Assembly                     December next

                                                                immediately                               after election

                                                                preceding the

                                                                termination of

                                                                a regular term

County                   County                       Tuesday next after                     Two years, from

treasurer                                                   the first Monday                        the first

(in                                                            in November 1968                    Monday in

counties in                                                and every two                           December next

which                                                       years thereafter                         after election

elected)

All other                 County                       Tuesday next after                     Two years, from

county                                                      the first Monday                        the first

officers to                                                 in November 1968                    Monday in

be elected                                                 and every two                           December next

by the                                                       years thereafter                         after election

people

(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.)