GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2018-21
SENATE BILL 655
AN ACT changing the date on which primary elections are held.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 163‑1(b), as amended by Section 2 of S.L. 2017‑3, reads as rewritten:
"(b) On Tuesday next
after the first Monday in
May March 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
SECTION 2. G.S. 163‑106(c), as amended by Section 21(a) of S.L. 2016‑125 and Section 5 of S.L. 2017‑3, reads as rewritten:
"(c) Time for Filing
Notice of Candidacy. – Candidates seeking party primary nominations for the
following offices shall file their notice of candidacy with the State Board of
Elections no earlier than 12:00 noon on the
second first Monday
in February December and no later than 12:00 noon on the last
business day in February third Friday in December preceding the
All State executive officers
Justices of the Supreme Court
Judges of the Court of Appeals
Judges of the superior court
Judges of the district court
United States Senators
Members of the House of Representatives of the United States
Candidates seeking party primary
nominations for the following offices shall file their notice of candidacy with
the county board of elections no earlier than 12:00 noon on the
Monday in February December and no later than 12:00 noon on
the last business day in Februarythird Friday in December
preceding the primary:
Members of the State House of Representatives
All county offices."
SECTION 3. G.S. 163‑213.2 reads as rewritten:
"§ 163‑213.2. Primary to be held; date; qualifications and registration of voters.
On the Tuesday after the first
May, 1992,March, 2020, and every four years thereafter,
the voters of this State shall be given an opportunity to express their
preference for the person to be the presidential candidate of their political party,
except that if South Carolina holds its presidential primary before the 15th
day of March, the North Carolina presidential preference primary shall be held
on the Tuesday after the first South Carolina presidential preference primary
of that year.party.
Any person otherwise qualified who will become qualified by age to vote in the general election held in the same year of the presidential preference primary shall be entitled to register and vote in the presidential preference primary. Such persons may register not earlier than 60 days nor later than the last day for making application to register under G.S. 163‑82.6 prior to the said primary. In addition, persons who will become qualified by age to register and vote in the general election for which the primary is held, who do not register during the special period may register to vote after such period as if they were qualified on the basis of age, but until they are qualified by age to vote, they may vote only in primary elections."
SECTION 4. This act is effective January 1, 2019, applies to even-year elections held on or after that date.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 13th day of June, 2018.
s/ Philip E. Berger
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Roy Cooper
Approved 9:10 a.m. this 22nd day of June, 2018