GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2017-72
HOUSE BILL 245
AN ACT to amend the charter of the city of winston‑salem to establish a uniform process for the election of independent or nonpartisan candidates in municipal elections.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Paragraph 6 of Section 12A of the Charter of the City of Winston‑Salem, being Chapter 232 of the Private Laws of 1927, as amended by Chapter 13 of the 1965 Session Laws, and by Ordinance dated January 6, 2003, reads as rewritten:
"Sec. 12A. Generally.
6. Independent or nonpartisan
candidates; petition; affidavit of candidates; filing of petition; rules and
regulations governing petitions.
The Forsyth County Board of Elections shall
include among the candidates for municipal office, as independent or nonpartisan
candidates, the name of any qualified voter who has been requested to be a
candidate for office by written petitions signed by at least twenty‑five
percent (25%) of those entitled to vote for a candidate for such office
according to the vote cast in the last municipal election for the particular
office, when such petition is accompanied by an affidavit from such proposed
candidate that he seeks to become an independent or nonpartisan candidate and
does not affiliate with any political party; provided, such petition is filed
with the secretary of the board of elections on or before twelve o'clock Noon
on the third Friday preceding the general municipal election for such office.TheAny
candidate seeking nomination by petition for municipal office shall comply with
the requirements of Article 11 of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes, provided
the Forsyth County board of elections may prescribe rules and regulations covering
governing the following:
(1) Setting the date and time completed petitions must be timely submitted for verification.
(2) Stating the information that shall be set out in the petition to be signed by the voters requesting a person to be a candidate for any such office, such as the giving of the full name of every such voter, the street address of such voter and any other pertinent information required to facilitate the checking of such petition against the registration books.
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 28th day of June, 2017.
s/ Daniel J. Forest
President of the Senate
s/ David R. Lewis
Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives