While campaign signs have been spotted on the roadsides for months, the filing of candidatures for the 2022 election does not officially open until December 6 and will continue until December 17.
While several of the seats up for election will appear on the March primary ballot, the filing of nominations for seats such as commissioner will begin on December 6 and will not appear on the ballot until November.
In North Carolina, the statewide primary is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2022. During this election, voters can choose which candidates they prefer to appear on the ballot in the general election of November. The purpose of a primary is to restrict the scope of candidates for the general election.
Registered voters across the state can vote in the primary. However, voters affiliated with a political party will receive a ballot from their party’s candidates. Unaffiliated voters can choose the ballot for candidates from any party: Democrat, Libertarian, or Republican.
Each candidate who wins in each contest on his party’s ballot will become a candidate. The candidate will appear on the ballot for the general election. To become the party’s candidate, the candidate must win at least 30 percent of the vote plus one. If no candidate achieves the total necessary to become the candidate in a ballot contest, a second primary can take place on April 26 or May 17. The date will depend on whether a federal office is involved. Voters can revisit this page after the primary to confirm a second primary.
Statewide primary ballot races include:
The United States Senate and the House of Representatives
CN General Assembly
NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal
Local races on the main ballot include:
Register of acts
Clerk of the Court
* (Macon County specific) Local races that will appear on the November ballot but deposit does NOT start in December
Soil and water: deposit begins at noon on June 13 and continues until July 1
School Board: Filing begins at noon on July 25 and continues until August 13