North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 163 Elections and Election Laws

Article 1 - Time of Primaries and Elections.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 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...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-2.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-3.   Special elections
    Special elections shall be called as permitted by law and conducted in accordance with G.S. 163-287. (2013-381, s. 10.2.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-4.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-5.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-6.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-7.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 2 - Time of Elections to Fill Vacancies.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-8.   Filling vacancies in State executive offices
    If the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor shall become vacant, the provisions of G.S. 147-11.1 shall apply. If the office of any of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-9.   Filling vacancies in State and district judicial offices
    (a) Vacancies occurring in the offices of Justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals, and judge of the superior court...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-10.   Filling vacancy in office of district attorney
    Any vacancy occurring in the office of district attorney for causes other than expiration of term shall be filled by appointment of the Governor....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-11.   Filling vacancies in the General Assembly
    (a) If a vacancy shall occur in the General Assembly by death, resignation, or otherwise than by expiration of term, the Governor shall immediately...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-12.   Filling vacancy in United States Senate
    Whenever there shall be a vacancy in the office of United States Senator from this State, whether caused by death, resignation, or otherwise than...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-13.   Filling vacancy in United States House of Representatives
    (a) Special Election. - If at any time after expiration of any Congress and before another election, or if at any time after an...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-14 through 163-18.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 3 - State Board of Elections.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-19.   State Board of Elections; appointment; term of office; vacancies; oath of office
    All of the terms of office of the present members of the State Board of Elections shall expire on May 1, 1969, or when...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-20.   Meetings of Board; quorum; minutes
    (a) Call of Meeting. - The State Board of Elections shall meet at the call of the chairman whenever necessary to discharge the duties...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-21.   Compensation of Board members
    The members of the State Board of Elections shall be compensated for the time they are actually engaged in the discharge of their duties...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-22.   Powers and duties of State Board of Elections
    (a) The State Board of Elections shall have general supervision over the primaries and elections in the State, and it shall have authority to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-22.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-22.2.   Power of State Board to promulgate temporary rules and regulations
    In the event any portion of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes or any State election law or form of election of any county...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-22.3.   State Board of Elections littering notification
    At the time an individual files with the State Board of Elections a notice of candidacy pursuant to G.S. 163-106, 163-112, 163-291, 163-294.2, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-23.   Powers of chairman in execution of Board duties
    In the performance of the duties enumerated in this Chapter, the chairman of the State Board of Elections shall have power to administer oaths,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-24.   Power of State Board of Elections to maintain order
    The State Board of Elections shall possess full power and authority to maintain order, and to enforce obedience to its lawful commands during its...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-25.   Authority of State Board to assist in litigation
    The State Board of Elections shall possess authority to assist any county board of elections in any matter in which litigation is contemplated or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-26.   Executive Director of State Board of Elections
    There is hereby created the position of Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, who shall perform all duties imposed upon him by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-27.   Executive Director to be appointed by Board
    The appointment of the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections is extended to May 15, 1989, unless removed for proper cause, and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-27.1.   Emergency powers
    The Executive Director, as chief State elections official, may exercise emergency powers to conduct an election in a district where the normal schedule for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-28.   State Board of Elections independent agency
    The State Board of Elections shall be and remain an independent regulatory and quasi-judicial agency and shall not be placed within any principal administrative...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-29.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 4 - County Boards of Elections.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-30.   County boards of elections; appointments; terms of office; qualifications; vacancies; oath of office; instructional meetings
    In every county of the State there shall be a county board of elections, to consist of three persons of good moral character who...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-31.   Meetings of county boards of elections; quorum; minutes
    In each county of the State the members of the county board of elections shall meet at the courthouse or board office at noon...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-32.   Compensation of members of county boards of elections
    In full compensation of their services, members of the county board of elections (including the chairman) shall be paid by the county twenty-five dollars...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-33.   Powers and duties of county boards of elections
    The county boards of elections within their respective jurisdictions shall exercise all powers granted to such boards in this Chapter, and they shall perform...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-33.1.   Power of chairman to administer oaths
    The chairman of the county board of elections is authorized to administer to election officials specified in Articles 4, 5, and 20 of this...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-33.2.   Chairman and county board to examine voting machines
    Prior to each primary and general election the chairman and members of the county board of elections, in counties where voting machines are used,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-33.3.   County board of elections littering notification
    At the time an individual files with a county board of elections a notice of candidacy pursuant to G.S. 163-106, 163-112, 163-291, or 163-294.2,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-34.   Power of county board of elections to maintain order
    Each county board of elections shall possess full power to maintain order, and to enforce obedience to its lawful commands during its sessions, and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-35.   Director of elections to county board of elections; appointment; compensation; duties; dismissal
    (a) In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of county director of elections in any of the county boards of elections in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-36.   Modified full-time offices
    The State Board of Elections shall promulgate rules permitting counties that have fewer than 6,501 registered voters to operate a modified full-time elections office...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-37.   Duty of county board of commissioners
    The respective boards of county commissioners shall appropriate reasonable and adequate funds necessary for the legal functions of the county board of elections, including...

Article 4A - Political Activities by Board of Elections Members and Employees.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-38.   Applicability of Article
    This Article applies to members and employees of the State Board of Elections and of each county board of elections. With regard to prohibitions...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-39.   Limitation on political activities
    No individual subject to this Article shall: (1) Make written or oral statements intended for general distribution or dissemination to the public at large...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-40.   Violation may be ground for removal
    A violation of this Article may be a ground to remove a State Board of Elections member under G.S. 143B-16 or a county board...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-40.1.   Definitions
    The provisions of Article 22A of this Chapter apply to the definition and proof of terms used in this Article. (2000-114, s. 1.)

Article 5 - Precinct Election Officials.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-41.   Precinct chief judges and judges of election; appointment; terms of office; qualifications; vacancies; oaths of office
    (a) Appointment of Chief Judge and Judges. - At the meeting required by G.S. 163-31 to be held on the Tuesday following the third...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-41.1.   Certain relatives prohibited from serving together
    (a) The following categories of relatives are prohibited from serving as precinct officials of the same precinct: spouse, child, spouse of a child, sister...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-41.2.   Discharge of precinct official unlawful
    (a) No employer may discharge or demote any employee because the employee has been appointed as a precinct official and is serving as a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-42.   Assistants at polls; appointment; term of office; qualifications; oath of office
    (a) Each county board of elections is authorized, in its discretion, to appoint two or more assistants for each precinct to aid the chief...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-42.1.   Student election assistants
    A student of at least 17 years of age at the time of any election or primary in which the student works shall be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-43.   Ballot counters; appointment; qualifications; oath of office
    The county board of elections of any county may authorize the use of precinct ballot counters to aid the chief judges and judges of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-44.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 793, s. 13
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-45.   Observers; appointment
    (a) The chair of each political party in the county shall have the right to designate two observers to attend each voting place at...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-46.   Compensation of precinct officials and assistants
    The precinct chief judge shall be paid the state minimum wage for his services on the day of a primary, special or general election....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-47.   Powers and duties of chief judges and judges of election
    (a) The chief judges and judges of election shall conduct the primaries and elections within their respective precincts fairly and impartially, and they shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-48.   Maintenance of order at place of registration and voting
    The chief judge and judges of election shall enforce peace and good order in and about the place of registration and voting. They shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-49 through 163-53.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 6 - Qualifications of Voters.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-54.   Registration a prerequisite to voting
    Only such persons as are legally registered shall be entitled to vote in any primary or election held under this Chapter. (1901, c. 89,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-55.   Qualifications to vote; exclusion from electoral franchise
    (a) Residence Period for State Elections. - Every person born in the United States, and every person who has been naturalized, and who shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-56.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 793, s. 19
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-57.   Residence defined for registration and voting
    All election officials in determining the residence of a person offering to register or vote, shall be governed by the following rules, so far...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-58.   Repealed by Session Laws 1985, c. 563, s. 3
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-59.   Right to participate or vote in party primary
    No person shall be entitled to vote or otherwise participate in the primary election of any political party unless that person complies with all...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-60 through 163-64.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 7 - Registration of Voters.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-65 through 163-82.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 762, s. 1

Article 7A - Registration of Voters.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.1.   General principles of voter registration
    (a) Prerequisite to Voting. - No person shall be permitted to vote who has not been registered under the provisions of this Article or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.2.   Chief State Election Official
    The Executive Director of the State Board of Elections is the "Chief State Election Official" of North Carolina for purposes of P.L. 103-31, The...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.3.   Voter registration application forms
    (a) Form Developed by State Board of Elections. - The State Board of Elections shall develop an application form for voter registration. Any person...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.4.   Contents of application form
    (a) Information Requested of Applicant. - The form required by G.S. 163-82.3(a) shall request the applicant's: (1) Name, (2) Date of birth, (3) Residence...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.5.   Distribution of application forms
    The State Board of Elections shall make the forms described in G.S. 163-82.3 available for distribution through governmental and private entities, with particular emphasis...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.6.   Acceptance of application forms
    (a) How the Form May Be Submitted. - The county board of elections shall accept any form described in G.S. 163-82.3 if the applicant...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.6A.   Address and name changes at one-stop sites
    (a) through (d) Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 16.1, effective January 1, 2014. (e) Change of Registration at One-Stop Voting Site. - A...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.7.   Verification of qualifications and address of applicant; denial or approval of application
    (a) Tentative Determination of Qualification. - When a county board of elections receives an application for registration submitted pursuant to G.S. 163-82.6, the board...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.7A.   (Effective January 1, 2016 - see note) Declaration of religious objection to photograph
    (a) At the time of approval of the application to register to vote, a voter with a sincerely held religious objection to being photographed...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.8.   Voter registration cards
    (a) Authority to Issue Card. - With the approval of the board of county commissioners, the county board of elections may issue to each...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.9.   Cancellation of prior registration
    If an applicant indicates on an application form described in G.S. 163-82.3 a current registration to vote in any other county, municipality, or state,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.10.   Official record of voter registration
    (a) Official Record. - The State voter registration system is the official voter registration list for the conduct of all elections in the State....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.10A.   Permanent voter registration numbers
    The statewide voter registration system shall assign to each voter a unique registration number. That number shall be permanent for that voter and shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.10B.   Confidentiality of date of birth
    Boards of elections shall keep confidential the date of birth of every voter-registration applicant and registered voter, except in the following situations: (1) When...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.11.   Establishment of statewide computerized voter registration
    (a) Statewide System as Official List. - The State Board of Elections shall develop and implement a statewide computerized voter registration system to facilitate...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.12.   Promulgation of guidelines relating to computerized voter registration
    The State Board of Elections shall make all guidelines necessary to administer the statewide voter registration system established by this Article. All county boards...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.13.   Access to statewide voter registration file
    (a) Free Copy for Political Parties. - Beginning January 1, 1996, the State Board of Elections shall make available free of charge, upon written...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.14.   List maintenance
    (a) Uniform Program. - The State Board of Elections shall adopt a uniform program that makes a diligent effort not less than twice each...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.15.   Change of address within the county
    (a) Registrant's Duty to Report. - No registered voter shall be required to re-register upon moving from one precinct to another within the same...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.15A.   Administrative change of registration when county line is adjusted
    When a boundary between counties is established by legislation or under G.S. 153A-18, the Executive Director shall direct the county boards of elections involved...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.16.   Change of name
    (a) Registrant's Duty to Report. - If the name of a registrant is changed in accordance with G.S. 48-1-104, G.S. 50-12, or Chapter 101...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.17.   Change of party affiliation
    (a) Registrant's Duty to Report. - Any registrant who desires to have the record of his party affiliation or unaffiliated status changed on the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.18.   Appeal from denial of registration
    (a) Right to Appeal. - Any applicant who receives notice of denial of registration pursuant to G.S. 163-82.7 may appeal the denial within five...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.19.   Voter registration at drivers license offices; coordination on data interface
    (a) Voter Registration at Drivers License Offices. - The Division of Motor Vehicles shall, pursuant to the rules adopted by the State Board of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.20.   Voter registration at other public agencies
    (a) Voter Registration Agencies. - Every office in this State which accepts: (1) Applications for a program of public assistance under Article 2 of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.20A.   Voter registration upon restoration of citizenship
    The State Board of Elections, the Division of Adult Correction of the Department of Public Safety, and the Administrative Office of the Courts shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.21.   Voter registration at military recruitment offices
    The Executive Director, jointly with the Department of Defense, shall develop and implement procedures for persons to apply to register to vote at recruitment...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.22.   Voter registration at public libraries and public agencies
    (a) Every library covered by G.S. 153A-272 shall make available to the public the application forms described in G.S. 163-82.3, and shall keep a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.23.   Voter registration at public high schools
    Every public high school shall make available to its students and others who are eligible to register to vote the application forms described in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.24.   Statewide training and certification for election officials
    (a) Training. - The State Board of Elections shall conduct training programs in election law and procedures. Every county elections director shall receive training...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.25.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 19.1, effective January 1, 2014
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.26.   Rule-making authority
    The State Board of Elections shall promulgate rules necessary to implement the provisions of this Article. (1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 762, s. 2.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.27.   Help America Vote Act of 2002
    As used in this Chapter, the term "Help America Vote Act of 2002" means the Help America Vote Act of 2002, Public Law 107-252,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-82.28.   The HAVA Election Fund
    There is established a special fund to be known as the Election Fund. All funds received for implementation of the Help America Vote Act...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-83.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 8 - Challenges.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-84.   Time for challenge other than on day of primary or election
    The registration records of each county shall be open to inspection by any registered voter of the State, including any chief judge or judge...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-85.   Challenge procedure other than on day of primary or election
    (a) Right to Challenge; When Challenge May Be Made. - Any registered voter of the county may challenge the right of any person to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-86.   Hearing on challenge
    (a) A challenge made under G.S. 163-85 shall be heard and decided before the date of the next primary or election, except that if...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-87.   (Effective until January 1, 2016) Challenges allowed on day of primary or election
    On the day of a primary or election, at the time a registered voter offers to vote, any other registered voter of the county...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-88.   Hearing on challenge made on day of primary or election
    A challenge entered on the day of a primary or election shall be heard and decided by the chief judge and judges of election...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-88.1.   Request for challenged ballot
    (a) If the decision of the chief judge and judges pursuant to G.S. 163-88 is to sustain the challenge, the challenged voter may request...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-89.   Procedures for challenging absentee ballots
    (a) Time for Challenge. - The absentee ballot of any voter may be challenged on the day of any statewide primary or general election...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-90.   Challenge as felon; answer not to be used on prosecution
    If any registered voter is challenged as having been convicted of any crime which excludes him from the right of suffrage, he shall be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-90.1.   Burden of proof
    (a) Challenges shall not be made indiscriminately and may only be made if the challenger knows, suspects or reasonably believes such a person not...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-90.2.   Action when challenge sustained, overruled, or dismissed
    (a) When any challenge is sustained for any cause listed under G.S. 163-85(c), the board shall cancel or correct the voter registration of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-90.3.   Making false affidavit perjury
    Any person who shall knowingly make any false affidavit or shall knowingly swear or affirm falsely to any matter or thing required by the...

Article 8A - HAVA Administrative Complaint Procedure.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-91.   Complaint procedure
    (a) The State Board of Elections shall establish a complaint procedure as required by section 402 of Title IV of the Help America Vote...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-92 through 163-95.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 9 - Political Party Definition.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-96.   "Political party" defined; creation of new party
    (a) Definition. - A political party within the meaning of the election laws of this State shall be either: (1) Any group of voters...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-97.   Termination of status as political party
    When any political party fails to meet the test set forth in G.S. 163-96(a)(1), it shall cease to be a political party within the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-97.1.   Voters affiliated with expired political party
    The State Board of Elections shall be authorized to promulgate appropriate procedures to order the county boards of elections to change the registration affiliation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-98.   General election participation by new political party
    In the first general election following the date on which a new political party qualifies under the provisions of G.S. 163-96, it shall be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-99.   Use of schools and other public buildings for political meetings
    The governing authority having control over schools or other public buildings which have facilities for group meetings, or where polling places are located, is...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-100 through 163-103.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 10 - Primary Elections.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-104.   Primaries governed by general election laws; authority of State Board of Elections to modify time schedule
    Unless otherwise provided in this Chapter, primary elections shall be conducted as far as practicable in accordance with the general election laws of this...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-105.   Payment of expense of conducting primary elections
    The expense of printing and distributing the poll and registration books, blanks, and ballots for those offices required by G.S. 163-109(b) to be furnished...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-106.   Notices of candidacy; pledge; with whom filed; date for filing; withdrawal
    (a) Notice and Pledge. - No one shall be voted for in a primary election without having filed a notice of candidacy with the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-107.   Filing fees required of candidates in primary; refunds
    (a) Fee Schedule. - At the time of filing a notice of candidacy, each candidate shall pay to the board of elections with which...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-107.1.   Petition in lieu of payment of filing fee
    (a) Any qualified voter who seeks nomination in the party primary of the political party with which he affiliates may, in lieu of payment...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-108.   Certification of notices of candidacy
    (a) Within three days after the time for filing notices of candidacy with the State Board of Elections under the provisions of G.S. 163-106(c)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-108.1.   Nomination of members of House of Representatives
    Chapter 826, Session Laws of 1957; Chapter 484, Session Laws of 1961; Chapter 621, Session Laws of 1959; Chapter 894, Session Laws of 1945;...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-109.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-159, s. 55.(j), effective January 1, 2003, and applicable to all primaries and elections held on or after that date
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-110.   Candidates declared nominees without primary
    If a nominee for a single office is to be selected and only one candidate of a political party files for that office, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-111.   Determination of primary results; second primaries
    (a) Nomination Determined by Substantial Plurality; Definition of Substantial Plurality. - Except as otherwise provided in this section, nominations in primary elections shall be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-112.   Death of candidate before primary; vacancy in single office
    (a) Death of One of Two Candidates within 30 Days after the Filing Period Closes. - If at the time the filing period closes,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-113.   Nominee's right to withdraw as candidate
    A person who has been declared the nominee of a political party for a specified office under the provisions of G.S. 163-182.15 or G.S....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-114.   Filling vacancies among party nominees occurring after nomination and before election
    If any person nominated as a candidate of a political party for one of the offices listed below (either in a primary or convention...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-115.   Special provisions for obtaining nominations when vacancies occur in certain offices
    (a) If a vacancy occurs in the office of the clerk of superior court, otherwise than by expiration of the term, or if the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-116 through 163-118.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 793, ss. 47- 49
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-119.   Voting by unaffiliated voter in party primary
    If a political party has, by action of its State Executive Committee reported to the State Board of Elections by resolution delivered no later...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-120.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-121.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 11 - Nomination by Petition.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-122.   Unaffiliated candidates nominated by petition
    (a) Procedure for Having Name Printed on Ballot as Unaffiliated Candidate. - Any qualified voter who seeks to have his name printed on the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-123.   Declaration of intent and petitions for write-in candidates in partisan elections
    (a) Procedure for Qualifying as a Write-In Candidate. - Any qualified voter who seeks to have write-in votes for him counted in a general...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-124.   No run for two separate offices at the same time
    (a) No individual is eligible to have that individual's name on the general election ballot for two separate offices, unless one of the offices...

Article 11A - Resign-to-Run.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-125 through 163-127.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 379, s. 18

Article 11B - Challenge to a Candidacy.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-127.1.   Definitions
    As used in this Article, the following terms mean: (1) Board. - State Board of Elections. (2) Candidate. - A person having filed a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-127.2.   When and how a challenge to a candidate may be made
    (a) When. - A challenge to a candidate may be filed under this Article with the board of elections receiving the notice of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-127.3.   Panel to conduct the hearing on a challenge
    Upon filing of a challenge, a panel shall hear the challenge, as follows: (1) Single county. - If the district for the office subject...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-127.4.   Conduct of hearing by panel
    (a) The panel conducting a hearing under this Article shall do all of the following: (1) Within five business days after the challenge is...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-127.5.   Burden of proof
    (a) The burden of proof shall be upon the candidate, who must show by a preponderance of the evidence of the record as a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-127.6.   Appeals
    (a) Appeals from Single or Multicounty Panel. - The decision of a panel created under G.S. 163-127.3(1) or G.S. 163-127.3(2) may be appealed as...

Article 12 - Precincts and Voting Places.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-128.   Election precincts and voting places established or altered
    (a) Each county shall be divided into a convenient number of precincts for the purpose of voting. Upon a resolution adopted by the county...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-129.   Structure at voting place; marking off limits of voting place
    At the voting place in each precinct established under the provisions of G.S. 163-128, the county board of elections shall provide or procure by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-130.   Satellite voting places
    A county board of elections by unanimous vote may, upon approval of a request submitted in writing to the State Board of Elections, establish...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-130.1.   Out-of-precinct voting places
    A county board of elections, by unanimous vote of all its members, may establish a voting place for a precinct that is located outside...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-130.2.   Temporary use of two voting places for certain precincts
    A county board of elections, by unanimous vote of all its members, may propose to designate two voting places to be used temporarily for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-131.   Accessible polling places
    (a) The State Board of Elections shall promulgate rules to assure that any disabled or elderly voter assigned to an inaccessible polling place, upon...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 12A - Precinct Boundaries.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 27.1, effective January 1, 2014
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.1A.   Repealed by Session Laws 1999-227, s. 1, effective June 25, 1999
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.1B.   Participation in 2010 Census Redistricting Data Program of the United States Bureau of the Census
    (a) Purpose. - The State of North Carolina shall participate in the 2010 Census Redistricting Data Program, conducted pursuant to P.L. 94-171, of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 1999-227, s. 1, effective June 25, 1999
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.3.   Alterations to approved precinct boundaries
    (a) No county board of elections may change any precinct boundary unless the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections determines that the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.3A.   Alterations to precinct names
    No county board of elections shall assign to any precinct a name that has been used after January 1, 1999, for a precinct comprising...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.4.   Directives
    The Executive Director of the State Board of Elections may promulgate directives concerning its duties and those of the county boards of elections under...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.5.   Cooperation of State and local agencies
    The Office of State Budget and Management, the Department of Transportation and county and municipal planning departments shall cooperate and assist the Legislative Services...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.5A.   Repealed by Session Laws 1991 (Regular Session, 1992), c. 927, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.5B.   Exemption from Administrative Procedure Act
    The State Board of Elections is exempt from the provisions of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes while acting under the authority of this...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.5C.   Local acts and township lines
    (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of any local act, a county board of elections need not have the approval of any other county board or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.5D.   Retention of precinct maps
    The Executive Director of the State Board of Elections shall retain the maps and written descriptions which he approves pursuant to G.S. 163-132.3. (1991...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.5E.   Repealed by Session Laws 1999-227, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.5F.   U.S. Census data by voting tabulation district
    The State shall request the U.S. Bureau of the Census for each decennial census to provide summaries of census data by voting tabulation district...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.5G.   Voting data maintained by voting tabulation district
    Each county board of elections shall maintain voting data by voting tabulation district as provided in G.S. 163-132.1B so that voting tabulation district returns...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-132.6.   Repealed by Session Laws 1991 (Regular Session, 1992), c. 927, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-133.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-134.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 13 - General Instructions.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-135 through 163-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002

Article 14 - Voting Systems.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-160 through 163-164.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-160 through 163-164.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-160 through 163-164.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-160 through 163-164.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-160 through 163-164.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-160 through 163-164.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-160 through 163-164.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-460, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002

Article 14A - Voting.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.   Definitions
    In addition to the definitions stated below, the definitions set forth in Article 15A of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes also apply to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.1.   Scope and general rules
    (a) Scope. - This Article shall apply to all elections in this State. (b) Requirements of Official Ballots in Voting. - In any election...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.2.   Sample ballots
    (a) County Board to Produce and Distribute Sample Ballots. - The county board of elections shall produce sample ballots, in all the necessary ballot...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.3.   Responsibilities for preparing official ballots
    (a) State Board Responsibilities. - The State Board of Elections shall certify the official ballots and voter instructions to be used in every election...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.4.   Standards for official ballots
    The State Board of Elections shall ensure that official ballots throughout the State have all the following characteristics: (1) Are readily understandable by voters....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.4A.   Punch-card ballots and lever machines
    (a) No ballot may be used in any referendum, primary, or other election as an official ballot if it requires the voter to punch...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.4B.   Butterfly ballots
    No butterfly ballot may be used as an official ballot in any referendum, primary, or other election. The term "butterfly ballot" means a ballot...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.5.   Contents of official ballots
    Each official ballot shall contain all the following elements: (1) The heading prescribed by the State Board of Elections. The heading shall include the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.5A.   Expired
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.5B.   Ballots may be combined
    Notwithstanding any other statute or local act, a county board of elections, with the approval of the State Board of Elections, may combine ballot...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.6.   Arrangement of official ballots
    (a) Order of Precedence Generally. - Candidate ballot items shall be arranged on the official ballot before referenda. (b) Order of Precedence for Candidate...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.7.   Voting systems: powers and duties of State Board of Elections
    (a) (Effective until January 1, 2018) Only voting systems that have been certified by the State Board of Elections in accordance with the procedures...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.8.   Voting systems: powers and duties of board of county commissioners
    The board of county commissioners, with the approval of the county board of elections, may adopt and acquire only a voting system of a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.9.   Voting systems: powers and duties of county board of elections
    (a) Before approving the adoption and acquisition of any voting system by the board of county commissioners, the county board of elections shall do...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.9A.   Voting systems: requirements for voting systems vendors; penalties
    (a) Duties of Vendor. - Every vendor that has a contract to provide a voting system in North Carolina shall do all of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-165.10.   Adequacy of voting system for each precinct
    The county board of elections shall make available for each precinct voting place an adequate quantity of official ballots or equipment. When the board...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.   Repealed by Session Laws 1997-443, s. 31
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.01.   Hours for voting
    In every election, the voting place shall be open at 6:30 A.M. and shall be closed at 7:30 P.M. If the polls are delayed...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.1.   Duties of county board of elections
    The county board of elections shall: (1) Provide for the timely delivery to each voting place of the supplies, records, and equipment necessary for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.2.   Arrangement of the voting enclosure
    Each voting enclosure shall contain at a minimum: (1) A sufficient number of private spaces for all voters to mark their official ballots in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.3.   Limited access to the voting enclosure
    (a) Persons Who May Enter Voting Enclosure. - During the time allowed for voting in the voting place, only the following persons may enter...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.4.   Limitation on activity in the voting place and in a buffer zone around it
    (a) Buffer Zone. - No person or group of persons shall hinder access, harass others, distribute campaign literature, place political advertising, solicit votes, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.5.   Procedures at voting place before voting begins
    The State Board of Elections shall promulgate rules for precinct officials to set up the voting place before voting begins. Those rules shall emphasize:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.6.   Designation of tasks
    The State Board of Elections shall promulgate rules for the delegation of tasks among the election officials at each precinct. Those rules shall emphasize:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.7.   Voting procedures
    (a) (Effective until January 1, 2016) Checking Registration. - A person seeking to vote shall enter the voting enclosure through the appropriate entrance. A...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.7A.   Voter education and information
    (a) Posting the Information. - For each election that involves candidates for federal or State office, each county board of elections shall post at...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.8.   Assistance to voters
    (a) Any registered voter qualified to vote in the election shall be entitled to assistance with entering and exiting the voting booth and in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.9.   (Effective until January 1, 2016) Curbside voting
    (a) In any election or referendum, if any qualified voter is able to travel to the voting place, but because of age or physical...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.10.   Procedures after the close of voting
    The State Board of Elections shall promulgate rules for closing the voting place and delivering voting information to the county board of elections for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.11.   Provisional voting requirements
    If an individual seeking to vote claims to be a registered voter in a jurisdiction as provided in G.S. 163-82.1 and though eligible to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.11A.   Notation on provisional ballot
    Whenever a voter is permitted to vote a provisional ballot, the election official issuing the ballot shall annotate in writing or other means on...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.12.   Requirements for certain voters who register by mail
    (a) Voting in Person. - An individual who has registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, and has not previously...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.13.   (Effective January 1, 2016 - see note) Photo identification requirement for voting in person
    (a) Every qualified voter voting in person in accordance with this Article, G.S. 163-227.2, or G.S. 163-182.1A shall present photo identification bearing any reasonable...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-166.14.   (Effective January 1, 2016 - see note) Evaluation of determination of nonreasonable resemblance of photo identification
    (a) Any local election official that determines the photo identification presented by a voter in accordance with G.S. 163-166.13 does not bear any reasonable...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-167.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 15 - Counting Ballots, Canvassing Votes, and Certifying Results in Precinct and County.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-168 through 163-181.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1, effective January 1, 2002

Article 15A - Counting Official Ballots, Canvassing Votes, Hearing Protests, and Certifying Results.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.   Definitions
    In addition to the definitions stated below, the definitions set forth in Article 14A of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes also apply to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.1.   (Effective until January 1, 2018) Principles and rules for counting official ballots
    (a) General Principles That Shall Apply. - The following general principles shall apply in the counting of official ballots, whether the initial count or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.1A.   (Effective January 1, 2016 - see note) Counting of provisional official ballots cast due to failure to provide photo identification when voting in person
    (a) Unless disqualified for some other reason provided by law, the county board of elections shall find that a voter's provisional official ballot cast...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.2.   Initial counting of official ballots
    (a) The initial counting of official ballots shall be conducted according to the following principles: (1) Vote counting at the precinct shall occur immediately...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.3.   Responsibility of chief judge
    The chief judge of each precinct shall be responsible for the adherence of the precinct officials to the State Board rules for counting, reporting,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.4.   Jurisdiction for certain ballot items
    (a) Jurisdiction of County Board of Elections. - As used in this Article, the county board of elections shall have jurisdiction over the following:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.5.   Canvassing votes
    (a) The Canvass. - As used in this Article, the term "canvass" means the entire process of determining that the votes have been counted...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.6.   Abstracts
    (a) Abstracts to Be Prepared by County Board of Elections. - As soon as the county canvass has been completed, the county board of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.7.   Ordering recounts
    (a) Discretionary Recounts. - The county board of elections or the State Board of Elections may order a recount when necessary to complete the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.7A.   Additional provisions for hand-to-eye recounts
    (a) The rules promulgated by the State Board of Elections for recounts shall provide that if the initial recount is not hand-to-eye, and if...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.8.   Determining result in case of a tie
    If the count, upon completion of canvass by the proper board of elections, shows a tie vote other than in a primary, the tie...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.9.   Filing an election protest
    (a) Who May File a Protest With County Board. - A protest concerning the conduct of an election may be filed with the county...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.10.   Consideration of protest by county board of elections
    (a) Preliminary Consideration. - The following principles shall apply to the initial consideration of election protests by the county board of elections: (1) The...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.11.   Appeal of a protest decision by the county board to the State Board of Elections
    (a) Notice and Perfection of Appeal. - The decision by the county board of elections on an election protest may be appealed to the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.12.   Authority of State Board of Elections over protests
    The State Board of Elections may consider protests that were not filed in compliance with G.S. 163-182.9, may initiate and consider complaints on its...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.13.   New elections
    (a) When State Board May Order New Election. - The State Board of Elections may order a new election, upon agreement of at least...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.13A.   Contested elections for Council of State offices
    (a) Application of Procedures. - A contested election for any elective office established by Article III of the Constitution shall be determined by joint...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.14.   Appeal of a final decision to superior court; appeal to the General Assembly or a house thereof
    (a) Final Decision. - A copy of the final decision of the State Board of Elections on an election protest shall be served on...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.15.   Certificate of nomination or election, or certificate of the results of a referendum
    (a) Issued by County Board of Elections. - In ballot items within the jurisdiction of the county board of elections, the county board shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.16.   Governor to issue commissions for certain offices
    The Secretary of State shall send a notice to the Governor that a certificate of election has been issued for any of the following...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.17.   Summary of officials' duties under this Article
    (a) This Section a Summary. - The provisions of this section provide a nonexclusive summary of the duties given to officials under this Article....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-183 through 163-186.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 16 - Canvass of Returns for Higher Offices and Preparation of State Abstracts.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-187 through 163-200.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 1

Article 17 - Members of United States House of Representatives.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-201.   Congressional districts specified
    (a) For purposes of nominating and electing members of the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States in 2012 and every...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-201.1.   Severability of congressional apportionment acts
    If any provision of any act of the General Assembly that apportions congressional districts is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-201.2.   Repealed by G.S. 120-30.9J, as enacted by Session Laws 2013-343, s. 1, effective July 23, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-202.   Election after reapportionment of members of House of Representatives
    Whenever, by a new apportionment of members of the United States House of Representatives, the number of Representatives from North Carolina shall be changed,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-203 through 163-207.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 18 - Presidential Electors.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-208.   Conduct of presidential election
    Unless otherwise provided, the election of presidential electors shall be conducted and the returns made in the manner prescribed by this Chapter for the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-209.   Names of presidential electors not printed on ballots; notification
    (a) The names of candidates for electors of President and Vice-President nominated by any political party recognized in this State under G.S. 163-96, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-209.1.   Notification of political parties of dual-office holding rules
    During January of each year in which electors are elected, the Secretary of State shall notify each political party authorized to nominate electors of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-209.2.   Elector may be held in addition to other appointive offices
    The office of elector may be held in addition to the maximum number of appointive offices allowed by G.S. 128-1.1. (2009-96, s. 1.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-210.   Governor to proclaim results; casting State's vote for President and Vice-President
    Upon receipt of the certifications prepared by the State Board of Elections and delivered in accordance with G.S. 163-182.15, the Secretary of State, under...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-211.   Compensation of presidential electors
    Presidential electors shall be paid, for attending the meeting held in the City of Raleigh on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-212.   Penalty for failure of presidential elector to attend and vote
    Any presidential elector having previously signified his consent to serve as such, who fails to attend and vote for the candidate of the political...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.   Appointment of Presidential Electors by General Assembly in certain circumstances, by the Governor in certain other circumstances
    (a) Appointment by General Assembly if No Proclamation by Six Days Before Electors' Meeting Day. - As permitted by 3 U.S.C. 2, whenever the...

Article 18A - Presidential Preference Primary Act.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.1.   Short title
    This Article may be cited as the "Presidential Preference Primary Act." (1971, c. 225; 1975, c. 744.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.2.   Primary to be held; date; qualifications and registration of voters
    On the Tuesday after the first Monday in May, 1992, and every four years thereafter, the voters of this State shall be given an...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.3.   Conduct of election
    The presidential preference primary election shall be conducted and canvassed by the same authority and in the manner provided by law for the conduct...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.4.   Nomination by State Board of Elections
    No later than 90 days preceding the North Carolina presidential preference primary, the chair of each political party shall submit to the State Board...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.5.   Nomination by petition
    Any person seeking the endorsement by the national political party for the office of President of the United States, or any group organized in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.6.   Notification to candidates
    The State Board of Elections shall forthwith contact each person who has been nominated by the Board or by petition and notify him in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.7.   Voting in presidential preference primary; ballots
    The names of all candidates in the presidential preference primary shall appear at an appropriate place on the ballot or voting machine. In addition...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.8.   Allocation of delegate positions to reflect division of votes in the primary
    (a) Upon completion and certification of the primary results by the State Board of Elections, the Secretary of State shall certify the results to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.9.   National committee to be notified of provisions under this Article
    It shall be the responsibility of the State chairman of each political party, qualified under the laws of this State, to notify his party's...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.10.   Transferred to 163-213.9 by Session Laws 1975, c. 744
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-213.11.   Repealed by Session Laws 1991, c. 689, s. 15
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-214 through 163-217.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 19 - Petitions for Elections and Referenda.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-218.   Registration of notice of circulation of petition
    From and after July 1, 1957, notice of circulation of a petition calling for any election or referendum shall be registered with the county...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-219.   Petition void after one year from registration
    Petitions calling for elections and referenda shall be and become void and of no further effect one year after the date the notice of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-220.   Limitation on petitions circulated prior to July 1, 1957
    Petitions calling for elections or referenda which were circulated prior to July 1, 1957, shall be and become void and of no further force...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-221.   Persons may not sign name of another to petition
    (a) No person may sign the name of another person to any of the following: (1) Any petition calling for an election or referendum....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-222.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-223.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-224.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-225.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 20 - Absentee Ballot.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-226.   Who may vote an absentee ballot
    (a) Who May Vote Absentee Ballot; Generally. - Any qualified voter of the State may vote by absentee ballot in a statewide primary, general,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-226.1.   Absentee voting in primary
    A qualified voter may vote by absentee ballot in a partisan primary provided the qualified voter is affiliated, at the time the qualified voter...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-226.2.   Absentee voting in municipal elections
    Absentee voting by qualified voters residing in a municipality shall be in accordance with the authorization specified in G.S. 163-302. (1977, c. 469, s.
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-226.3.   Certain acts declared felonies
    (a) Any person who shall, in connection with absentee voting in any election held in this State, do any of the acts or things...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-227.   Repealed by Session Laws 1999-455, s.4
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-227.1.   Second primary; applications for absentee ballots for voting in second primary
    A voter applying for an absentee ballot for a primary election who will be eligible to vote under this Article on the day of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-227.2.   Alternate procedures for requesting application for absentee ballot; "one-stop" voting procedure in board office
    (a) Any voter eligible to vote by absentee ballot under G.S. 163-226 may request an application for absentee ballots, complete the application, and vote...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-227.3.   Date by which absentee ballots must be available for voting
    (a) A board of elections shall provide absentee ballots of the kinds needed 60 days prior to the statewide general election in even-numbered years...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-228.   Register of absentee requests, applications, and ballots issued; a public record
    The State Board of Elections shall approve an official register in which the county board of elections in each county of the State shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-229.   Absentee ballots, applications on container-return envelopes, and instruction sheets
    (a) Absentee Ballot Form. - In accordance with the provisions of G.S. 163-230.1, persons entitled to vote by absentee ballot shall be furnished with...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-230.   Repealed by Session Laws 1999-455, s. 9
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-230.1.   Simultaneous issuance of absentee ballots with application
    (a) A qualified voter who desires to vote by absentee ballot, or that voter's near relative or verifiable legal guardian, shall complete a request...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-230.2.   Method of requesting absentee ballots
    (a) Valid Types of Written Requests. - A completed written request form for an absentee ballot as required by G.S. 163-230.1 is valid only...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-231.   Voting absentee ballots and transmitting them to the county board of elections
    (a) Procedure for Voting Absentee Ballots. - In the presence of two persons who are at least 18 years of age, and who are...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-232.   Certified list of executed absentee ballots; distribution of list
    The county board of elections shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a list in at least quadruplicate, of all absentee ballots returned to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-232.1.   Certified list of executed absentee ballots received on or after election day; publication of list
    (a) The county board of elections shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a list in at least triplicate, of all absentee ballots issued...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-233.   Applications for absentee ballots; how retained
    The county board of elections shall retain, in a safe place, the original of all applications made for absentee ballots and shall make them...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-233.1.   Withdrawal of absentee ballots not allowed
    No person shall be permitted to withdraw an absentee ballot after such ballot has been mailed to or returned to the county board of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-234.   Counting absentee ballots by county board of elections
    All absentee ballots returned to the county board of elections in the container-return envelopes shall be retained by the board to be counted by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-235.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 536, s. 5
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-236.   Violations by county board of elections
    The county board of elections shall be sole custodian of blank applications for absentee ballots, official ballots, and container-return envelopes for absentee ballots. The...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-237.   Certain violations of absentee ballot law made criminal offenses
    (a) False Statements under Oath Made Class 2 Misdemeanor. - If any person shall willfully and falsely make any affidavit or statement, under oath,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-238.   Reports of violations to district attorneys
    It shall be the duty of the State Board of Elections to report to the district attorney of the appropriate prosecutorial district, any violation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-239.   Article 21A relating to absentee voting by military and overseas voters not applicable
    Except as otherwise provided therein, Article 21A of this Chapter shall not apply to or modify the provisions of this Article. (1963, c. 457,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-240 to 163-240.5.   Expired July 1, 1972
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-241 through 163-244.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 21 - Military Absentee Registration and Voting in Primary and General Elections.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-245.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-182, s. 2, effective January 1, 2012
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-246.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-182, s. 2, effective January 1, 2012
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-247.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-182, s. 2, effective January 1, 2012
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-248.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-182, s. 2, effective January 1, 2012
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-249.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-182, s. 2, effective January 1, 2012
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-250.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-182, s. 2, effective January 1, 2012
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-251.   Recodified as G.S. 163-258.26
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-252.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 536, s. 5
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-253 through 163-256.   Recodified as G.S. 163-258.27 through 163-258.30, respectively
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-253 through 163-256.   Recodified as G.S. 163-258.27 through 163-258.30, respectively
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-253 through 163-256.   Recodified as G.S. 163-258.27 through 163-258.30, respectively
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-253 through 163-256.   Recodified as G.S. 163-258.27 through 163-258.30, respectively
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-257.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-182, s. 2, effective January 1, 2012
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.   Recodified as G.S. 163-258.31

Article 21A - Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.1.   Short title
    This Article may be cited as the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. (2011-182, s. 1.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.2.   Definitions
    As used in this Article: (1) "Covered voter" means any of the following: a. A uniformed-service voter or an overseas voter who is registered...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.3.   Elections covered
    The voting procedures in this Article apply to all of the following: (1) A primary, general, or special election for federal or State office....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.4.   Role of State Board of Elections
    (a) The State Board of Elections is the State official responsible for implementing this Article and the State's responsibilities under the Uniformed and Overseas...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.5.   Overseas voter's registration address
    In registering to vote, an overseas voter who is eligible to vote in this State shall use and shall be assigned to the precinct...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.6.   Methods of registering to vote
    (a) In addition to any other approved method for registering to vote, a covered voter may use a federal postcard application, as prescribed under...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.7.   Methods of applying for military-overseas ballot
    (a) A covered voter who is registered to vote in this State may apply for a military-overseas ballot using either the regular application provided...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.8.   Timeliness and scope of application for military-overseas ballot
    An application for a military-overseas ballot is timely if received by the appropriate election official by 5:00 P.M. of the day before the election...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.9.   Transmission of unvoted ballots
    (a) Not later than 60 days before the statewide general election in even-numbered years and not later than 50 days before any other election,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.10.   Timely casting of ballot
    To be valid, a military-overseas ballot shall either be received by the appropriate county board of elections no later than the close of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.11.   Federal write-in absentee ballot
    A covered voter may use the federal write-in absentee ballot, in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, section 103, 42...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.12.   Receipt of voted ballot
    (a) A valid military-overseas ballot cast in accordance with G.S. 163-258.10 shall be counted if it is delivered to the address that the appropriate...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.13.   Declaration
    Each military-overseas ballot shall include or be accompanied by a declaration signed by the voter declaring that a material misstatement of fact in completing...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.14.   Confirmation of receipt of application and voted ballot
    The State Board of Elections, in coordination with local election officials, shall implement an electronic free access system by which a covered voter may...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.15.   Use of voter's electronic mail address
    (a) The county board of elections shall request an electronic mail address from each covered voter who registers to vote after January 1, 2012....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.16.   Publication of election notice
    (a) Not later than 100 days before a regularly scheduled election to which this Article applies, and as soon as practicable in the case...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.17.   Prohibition of nonessential requirements
    (a) If a voter's mistake or omission in the completion of a document under this Article does not prevent determining whether a covered voter...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.18.   Issuance of injunction or other equitable relief
    A court may issue an injunction or grant other equitable relief appropriate to ensure substantial compliance with, or enforce, this Article on application by:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.19.   Uniformity of application and construction
    In applying and construing this uniform act, consideration shall be given to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to its...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.20.   Relation to Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act
    This Article modifies, limits, and supersedes the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. 7001, et seq., but does not...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.21.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.22.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.23.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.24.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.25.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.26.   Certified list of approved military-overseas ballot applications; record of ballots received; disposition of list; list constitutes registration
    (a) Preparation of List. - The chair of the county board of elections shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a list in quadruplicate...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.27.   Article inapplicable to persons after change of status; reregistration not required
    An individual who no longer qualifies as a covered voter under the provisions of this Article shall not be entitled subsequently to vote by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.28.   Registration and voting on primary or election day
    Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Chapter, an individual shall be permitted to register in person at any time the office of the board...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.29.   Absentee voting at office of board of elections
    Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Chapter, any covered voter under this Article shall be permitted to vote an absentee ballot pursuant to G.S....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.30.   Regulations of State Board of Elections
    (a) The State Board of Elections shall adopt rules and regulations to carry out the intent and purpose of G.S. 163-258.28 and G.S. 163-258.29...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-258.31.   Emergency powers
    If an international, national, or local emergency or other situation arises that makes substantial compliance with this Article or the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens...

Article 22 - Corrupt Practices and Other Offenses against the Elective Franchise.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-259 through 163-268.   Repealed by Session Laws 1975, c. 565, s. 8
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-269 through 163-270.   Repealed by Session Laws 1999-31, s. 5(b)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-271.   Intimidation of voters by officers made misdemeanor
    It shall be unlawful for any person holding any office, position, or employment in the State government, or under and with any department, institution,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-272.   Repealed by Session Laws 1971, c. 872, s. 3
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-272.1.   Penalties for violation of this Chapter
    Whenever in this Chapter it is provided that a crime is a misdemeanor, the punishment shall be for a Class 2 misdemeanor. (1987, c....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-273.   Offenses of voters; interference with voters; penalty
    (a) Any person who shall, in connection with any primary or election in this State, do any of the acts and things declared in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-274.   Certain acts declared misdemeanors
    (a) Class 2 Misdemeanors. - Any person who shall, in connection with any primary or election in this State, do any of the acts...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-275.   Certain acts declared felonies
    Any person who shall, in connection with any primary, general or special election held in this State, do any of the acts or things...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-276.   Convicted officials; removal from office
    Any public official who shall be convicted of violating any provision of Article 14A or 22 of this Chapter, in addition to the punishment...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-277.   Compelling self-incriminating testimony; person so testifying excused from prosecution
    No person shall be excused from attending or testifying or producing any books, papers or other documents before any court or magistrate upon any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.   Duty of investigating and prosecuting violations of this Article
    It shall be the duty of the State Board of Elections and the district attorneys to investigate any violations of this Article, and the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.1 through 163-278.4.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 22A - Regulating Contributions and Expenditures in Political Campaigns.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.5.   Scope of Article; severability
    The provisions of this Article apply to primaries and elections for North Carolina offices and to North Carolina referenda and do not apply to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.6.   Definitions
    When used in this Article: (1) The term "board" means the State Board of Elections with respect to all candidates for State, legislative, and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.7.   Appointment of political treasurers
    (a) Each candidate, political committee, and referendum committee shall appoint a treasurer and, under verification, report the name and address of the treasurer to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.7A.   Gifts from federal political committees
    It shall be permissible for a federal political committee, as defined by the Federal Election Campaign Act and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, to make...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.8.   Detailed accounts to be kept by political treasurers
    (a) The treasurer of each candidate, political committee, and referendum committee shall keep detailed accounts, current within not more than seven days after the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.8A.   (For effective date and applicability, see Editor's note) Campaign sales by political party executive committees
    (a) Exempt Purchase Price Not Treated as "Contribution." - Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 163-278.6(6), the purchase price of goods or services sold by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.9.   Statements filed with Board
    (a) Except as provided in G.S. 163-278.10A, the treasurer of each candidate and of each political committee shall file with the Board under certification...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.9A.   Statements filed by referendum committees
    (a) The treasurer of each referendum committee shall file under verification with the Board the following reports: (1) Organizational Report. - The appointment of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.10.   Procedure for inactive candidate or committee
    If no contribution is received or expenditure made by or on behalf of a candidate, political committee, or referendum committee during a period described...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.10A.   Threshold of $1,000 for financial reports for certain candidates
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Chapter, a candidate for a county office, municipal office, local school board office, soil and water conservation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.11.   Contents of treasurer's statement of receipts and expenditures
    (a) Statements filed pursuant to provisions of this Article shall set forth the following: (1) Contributions. - Except as provided in subsection (a1) of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.12.   Special reporting of contributions and independent expenditures
    (a) Subject to G.S. 163-278.39 and G.S. 163-278.14, individuals and other entities not otherwise prohibited from doing so may make independent expenditures. In the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.12A.   Repealed by Session Laws 2004-125, s. 4, effective July 20, 2004
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.12B.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.12C.   Special reporting of electioneering communications
    (a) Every individual or person that incurs an expense for the direct costs of producing or airing electioneering communications aggregating in excess of five...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.13.   Limitation on contributions
    (a) No individual, political committee, or other entity shall contribute to any candidate or other political committee any money or make any other contribution...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.13A.   Repealed by Session Laws 1997-515, s. 9
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.13B.   Limitation on fund-raising during legislative session
    (a) Definitions. - For purposes of this section: (1) "Limited contributor" means a lobbyist registered under Chapter 120C of the General Statutes, that lobbyist's...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.13C.   Campaign contributions prohibition
    (a) No lobbyist may make a contribution as defined in G.S. 163-278.6 to a candidate or candidate campaign committee as defined in G.S. 163-278.38Z...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.14.   No contributions in names of others; no anonymous contributions; contributions in excess of fifty dollars; no contribution without specific designation of contributor
    (a) No individual, political committee, or other entity shall make any contribution anonymously or in the name of another. No candidate, political committee, referendum...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.15.   No acceptance of contributions made by corporations, foreign and domestic, or other prohibited sources
    (a) No candidate, political committee, political party, or treasurer shall accept any contribution made by any corporation, foreign or domestic, regardless of whether such...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.16.   Regulations regarding timing of contributions and expenditures
    (a) Except as provided in G.S. 163-278.6(14) and G.S. 163-278.12, no contribution may be received or expenditure made by or on behalf of a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.16A.   Restriction on use of State funds by declared candidate for Council of State for advertising or public service announcements using their names, pictures, or voices
    After December 31 prior to a general election in which a Council of State office will be on the ballot, no declared candidate for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.16B.   Use of contributions for certain purposes
    (a) A candidate or candidate campaign committee may use contributions only for the following purposes: (1) Expenditures resulting from the campaign for public office...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.17.   Statements of media outlets regarding political advertising
    (a) Repealed by Session Laws 1985, c. 183, s. 1. (b) Each media outlet shall require written authority for each expenditure from each candidate,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.18.   Normal commercial charges for political advertising
    (a) No media and no supplier of materials or services shall charge or require a candidate, treasurer, political party, or individual to pay a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.19.   Violations by corporations, business entities, labor unions, professional associations and insurance companies
    (a) Except as provided in subsections (a2), (b), (d), (e), (f), and (g) of this section it shall be unlawful for any corporation, business...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.19A.   Contributions allowed
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Chapter, it is lawful for any person as defined in G.S. 163-278.6(13) to contribute to a referendum committee....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.19B.   Political party headquarters building funds
    Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 163-278.19, a person prohibited by that section from making a contribution may donate to political parties and political parties...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.20.   Repealed by Session Laws 2006-195, s. 2, effective January 1, 2007, and applicable to all contributions made and accepted on and after that date
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.21.   Promulgation of policy and administration through State Board of Elections
    The State Board of Elections shall have responsibility, adequate staff, equipment and facilities, for promulgating all regulations necessary for the enforcement and administration of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.22.   Duties of State Board
    It shall be the duty and power of the State Board: (1) To prescribe forms of statements and other information required to be filed...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.23.   Duties of Executive Director of Board
    The Executive Director of the Board shall inspect or cause to be inspected each statement filed with the Board under this Article within 30...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.24.   Statements examined within four months
    Within four months after the date of each election or referendum, the Executive Director shall examine or cause to be examined each statement filed...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.25.   Issuance of declaration of nomination or certificate of election
    No declaration of nomination and no certificate of election shall be granted to any candidate until the candidate or his treasurer has filed the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.26.   Appeals from State Board of Elections; early docketing
    Any candidate for nomination or election who is denied a declaration of nomination or certificate of election, pursuant to G.S. 163-278.25, may, within five...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.27.   Criminal penalties; duty to report and prosecute
    (a) Any individual, candidate, political committee, referendum committee, treasurer, person or media who intentionally violates the applicable provisions of G.S. 163-278.7, 163-278.8, 163-278.9, 163-278.10,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.28.   Issuance of injunctions; special prosecutors named
    (a) The superior courts of this State shall have jurisdiction to issue injunctions or grant any other equitable relief appropriate to enforce the provisions...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.29.   Compelling self-incriminating testimony; individual so testifying excused from prosecution
    No individual shall be excused from attending or testifying or producing any books, papers, or other documents before any court upon any proceeding or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.30.   Candidates for federal offices to file information reports
    Candidates for nomination in a party primary or for election in a general or special election to the offices of United States Senator, member...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.31.   Repealed by Session Laws 1985, c. 183, s. 4
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.32.   Statements under oath
    Any statement required to be filed under this Article shall be signed and certified as true and correct by the individual, media, candidate, treasurer...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.33.   Applicability of Article 22
    Sections 163-271 through 163-278 shall be applicable to the offices covered by this Article and G.S. 163-271 through 163-278 shall be applicable to all...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.34.   Civil penalties
    (a) Civil Penalties for Late Filing. - Except as provided in G.S. 163-278.9 and G.S. 163-278.9A, all reports, statements or other documents required by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.34A.   Presumptions
    In any proceeding brought pursuant to this Article in which a presumption arises from the proof of certain facts, the defendant may offer some...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.35.   Preservation of records
    All reports, records and accounts required by this Article to be made, kept, filed, or maintained by any individual, media, candidate or treasurer shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.36.   Repealed by Session Laws 2007-349, s. 4, effective January 1, 2008
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.37.   County boards of elections to preserve reports
    The county boards of elections shall preserve all reports and statements filed with them pursuant to this Article for such period of time as...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.38.   Effect of failure to comply
    The failure to comply with the provisions of this Article shall not invalidate the results of any referendum. (1979, c. 1073, s. 11.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.38A through 163-278.38Y.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.38Z.   Definitions
    As used in this Part: (1) "Advertisement" means any message appearing in the print media, on television, or on radio that constitutes a contribution...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.39.   Basic disclosure requirements for all political advertisements
    (a) Basic Requirements. - It shall be unlawful for any sponsor to sponsor an advertisement in the print media or on radio or television...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.39A.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 44.1, effective January 1, 2014
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.39B.   Recodified as G.S. 163-278.38Z by Session Laws 2004-203, s. 12(a), effective August 17, 2004
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.39C.   Scope of disclosure requirements
    The disclosure requirements of this Part apply to any sponsor of an advertisement in the print media or on radio or television the cost...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40.   Definitions
    When used in this Part, words and phrases have the same meaning as in G.S. 163-278.6, except that: (1) The term "board" means the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40A.   Organizational report
    (a) Each candidate and political committee in a city election shall appoint a treasurer and, under verification, report the name and address of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40B.   Campaign report; partisan election
    In any city election conducted on a partisan basis in accordance with G.S. 163-279(a)(2) and 163-291, the following reports shall be filed in addition...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40C.   Campaign report; nonpartisan election and runoff
    If any city election conducted under the nonpartisan election and runoff basis in accordance with G.S. 163-279(a) (4) and 163-293, the following reports shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40D.   Campaign report; nonpartisan primary and elections
    In any city election conducted under the nonpartisan primary method in accordance with G.S. 163-279(a)(3) and 163-294, the following reports shall be filed in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40E.   Campaign report; nonpartisan plurality
    In any city election conducted under the nonpartisan plurality method under G.S. 163-279(a)(1) and 163-292, the following reports shall be filed in addition to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40F.   Form of report
    Forms of reports under this Part shall be prescribed by the board. (1981, c. 837, s. 3.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40G.   Content
    Except as otherwise provided in this Part, each report shall be current within seven days prior to the date the report is due and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40H.   Notice of reports due
    The director of the board shall advise, or cause to be advised, no less than five days nor more than 15 days before each...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40I.   Part 1 to apply
    (a) Except as provided in this Part or in G.S. 163-278.9(d), the provisions of Part 1 shall apply to municipal elections covered by this...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.40J.   Other committees report by municipal schedule
    A candidate or political committee that appoints a treasurer under G.S. 163-278.7 shall make reports according to the schedule under this Part if it...

Article 22B - Appropriations from the North Carolina Political Parties Financing Fund.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.41 through 163-278.45.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(c), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.41 through 163-278.45.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(c), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.41 through 163-278.45.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(c), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.41 through 163-278.45.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(c), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.41 through 163-278.45.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(c), effective July 1, 2013

Article 22C - Appropriations from the North Carolina Candidates Financing Fund.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.46.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.47.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.48.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.49.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.50.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.51.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.52.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.53.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.54.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.55.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.56.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.57.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-158, s. 5, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.58 through 163-278.60.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 22D - The North Carolina Public Campaign Fund.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.61 through 163-278.67.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-360, s. 21.1(a) and Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(a), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.61 through 163-278.67.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-360, s. 21.1(a) and Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(a), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.61 through 163-278.67.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-360, s. 21.1(a) and Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(a), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.61 through 163-278.67.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-360, s. 21.1(a) and Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(a), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.61 through 163-278.67.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-360, s. 21.1(a) and Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(a), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.61 through 163-278.67.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-360, s. 21.1(a) and Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(a), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.61 through 163-278.67.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-360, s. 21.1(a) and Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(a), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.61 through 163-278.67.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-360, s. 21.1(a) and Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(a), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.68.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-266, s. 1.2(a), effective July 1, 2011
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.69.   (See Editor's note for contingent repeal) Voter education
    (a) Judicial Voter Guide. - The Board shall publish a Judicial Voter Guide that explains the functions of the appellate courts and the laws...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.70.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-360, s. 21.1(a) and Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(a), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.71 through 163-278.79.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 22E - Electioneering Communications.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.80.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.81.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.82.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.83.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.84.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.85.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.86.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.87.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.88.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.89.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 10, effective September 23, 2010

Article 22F - Mass Mailings and Telephone Banks: Electioneering Communications.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.90.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 11, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.91.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 11, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.92.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 11, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.93.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 11, effective September 23, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.94.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-170, s. 11, effective September 23, 2010

Article 22J - The Voter-Owned Elections Act.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.95 through 163-278.99D.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(b), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.95 through 163-278.99D.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(b), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.95 through 163-278.99D.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(b), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.95 through 163-278.99D.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(b), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.95 through 163-278.99D.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(b), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.95 through 163-278.99D.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(b), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.95 through 163-278.99D.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(b), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.95 through 163-278.99D.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(b), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.95 through 163-278.99D.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 38.1(b), effective July 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.99E.   Voter education
    (a) Voter Guide. - The Board shall publish a Voter Guide that explains the functions of office as defined in G.S. 163-278.96(12) and the...

Article 22G - Candidate-Specific Communications.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.100 through 163-278.103.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 48.1, effective January 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.100 through 163-278.103.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 48.1, effective January 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.100 through 163-278.103.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 48.1, effective January 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.100 through 163-278.103.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 48.1, effective January 1, 2013
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.104.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.105.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.106.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.107.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.108.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.109.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 22H - Mass Mailings and Telephone Banks: Candidate-Specific Communications.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.110 through 163-278.113.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 48.4, effective January 1, 2014
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.110 through 163-278.113.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 48.4, effective January 1, 2014
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.110 through 163-278.113.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 48.4, effective January 1, 2014
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.110 through 163-278.113.   Repealed by Session Laws 2013-381, s. 48.4, effective January 1, 2014

Article 22I - Reserved for future codification purposes.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.114 through 163-278.299.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 22M - Legal Expense Funds.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.300.   Definitions
    As used in this Article, the following terms mean: (1) Board. - The State Board of Elections. (2) Renumbered. (3) Elected officer. - Any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.301.   Creation of legal expense funds
    (a) An elected officer, or another individual or group of individuals on the elected officer's behalf, shall create a legal expense fund if given...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.302.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.303.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.304.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.305.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.306.   Treasurer
    (a) Each legal expense fund shall appoint a treasurer and, under verification, report the name and address of the treasurer to the Board. (b)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.307.   Detailed accounts to be kept by treasurer
    (a) The treasurer of each legal expense fund shall keep detailed accounts, current within seven calendar days after the date of receiving a legal...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.308.   Reports filed with Board
    (a) The treasurer of each legal expense fund shall file with the Board the following reports: (1) Organizational report. - The report required under...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.309.   Organizational report
    (a) Each appointed treasurer shall file with the Board a statement of organization that includes all of the following: (1) The name, address, and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.310.   Quarterly report
    The treasurer of each legal expense fund shall be required to file a quarterly report with the Board containing all of the following: (1)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.311.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.312.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.313.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.314.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.315.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.316.   Limitations on legal expense donations
    (a) No entity shall make, and no treasurer shall accept, any monetary legal expense donation in excess of fifty dollars ($50.00) unless such legal...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.317.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.318.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.319.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.320.   Permitted uses of legal expense funds
    (a) A legal expense fund may be used for reasonable expenses actually incurred by the elected officer in relation to a legal action or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.321.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.322.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.323.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.324.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.325.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.326.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.327.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.328.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-278.329.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 23 - Municipal Election Procedure.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-279.   Time of municipal primaries and elections
    (a) Primaries and elections for offices filled by election of the people in cities, towns, incorporated villages, and special districts shall be held in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-280.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-31, ss. 1-3, effective April 7, 2011
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-280.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-31, ss. 1-3, effective April 7, 2011
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-281.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-31, ss. 1-3, effective April 7, 2011
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-282.   Residency defined for voting in municipal elections
    The rules for determining residency within a municipality shall be the same as prescribed in G.S. 163-57 for determining county residency. No person shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-283.   Right to participate or vote in party primary
    No person shall be entitled to vote or otherwise participate in the primary election of any political party unless that person complies with all...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-283.1.   Voting in nonpartisan primary
    Any person who will become qualified by age to register and vote in the general election for which a nonpartisan primary is held, even...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-284.   Mandatory administration by county boards of elections
    (a) Repealed by Session Laws 2011-31, s. 4, effective April 7, 2011. (b) The registration of voters and the conduct of all elections in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-284.1.   Special district elections conducted by county
    All elections held in and for a sanitary district, fire district or other special district, including school administrative units, shall be conducted by the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-285.   Repealed by Session Laws 2011-31, s. 5, effective April 7, 2011
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-286.   Conduct of municipal and special district elections; application of Chapter 163
    (a) To the extent that the laws, rules and procedures applicable to the conduct of primary, general and special elections by county boards of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-287.   Special elections; procedure for calling
    (a) Any county, municipality, or any special district shall have authority to call special elections as permitted by law. Prior to calling a special...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-288.   Registration for city elections; county and municipal boards of elections
    The registration record of the county board of elections shall be the official registration record for voters to vote in all elections, city, district,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-288.1.   Activating voters for newly annexed or incorporated areas
    (a) Whenever any new city or special district is incorporated or whenever an existing city or district annexes any territory, the city or special...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-288.1A.   Activating voters when charter revised
    Whenever a city has not held the most recent two elections required by its charter or this Chapter, and the General Assembly amends the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-288.2.   Registration in area proposed for incorporation or annexed
    (a) Whenever the General Assembly incorporates a new city and provides in the act of incorporation for a referendum on the question of incorporation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-288.3.   Payment of cost of elections on question of formation of a new municipality or special district
    Whenever a referendum or election is held on the question of incorporation of a new municipality or the formation of a special district, the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-289.   Right to challenge; challenge procedure
    (a) The rules governing challenges in municipal elections shall be the same as are now applicable to challenges made in a county election, provided...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-290.   Alternative methods of determining the results of municipal elections
    (a) Each city, town, village, and special district in this State shall operate under one of the following alternative methods of nominating candidates for...

Article 24 - Conduct of Municipal Elections.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-291.   Partisan primaries and elections
    The nomination of candidates for office in cities, towns, villages, and special districts whose elections are conducted on a partisan basis shall be governed...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-292.   Determination of election results in cities using the plurality method
    In conducting nonpartisan elections and using the plurality method, elections shall be determined in accordance with the following rules: (1) When more than one...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-293.   Determination of election results in cities using the election and runoff election method
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, nonpartisan municipal elections in cities using the election and runoff election method shall be determined by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-294.   Determination of election results in cities using nonpartisan primaries
    (a) In cities whose elections are nonpartisan and who use the nonpartisan primary and election method, there shall be a primary to narrow the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-294.1.   Death of candidates or elected officers
    (a) This section shall apply only to municipal and special district elections. (b) If a candidate for political party nomination for office dies, becomes...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-294.2.   Notice of candidacy and filing fee in nonpartisan municipal elections
    (a) Each person offering himself as a candidate for election to any municipal office in municipalities whose elections are nonpartisan shall do so by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-294.3.   Sole candidates to be voted upon in nonpartisan municipal elections
    Each candidate for municipal office in nonpartisan municipal elections shall be voted upon, even though only one candidate has filed or has been nominated...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-294.4.   Failure of candidates to file; death of a candidate before election
    (a) If in a nonpartisan municipal election, when the filing period expires, candidates have not filed for all offices to be filled, the board...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-295.   Municipal and special district elections; application of Chapter 163
    To the extent that the laws, rules and procedures applicable to the conduct of primary, general or special elections by county boards of elections...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-296.   Nomination by petition
    In cities conducting partisan elections, any qualified voter who seeks to have his name printed on the regular municipal election ballot as an unaffiliated...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-297.   Structure at voting place; marking off limits of voting place
    Precincts in which municipal primaries and elections are conducted shall conform, in all regards, to the requirements stipulated in G.S. 163-129 and all other...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-298.   Municipal primaries and elections
    The phrases "county board of elections," and "chairman of the board of elections" as used in this Article, with respect to all municipal primaries...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-299.   Ballots; municipal primaries and elections
    (a) The ballots printed for use in general and special elections under the provisions of this Article shall contain: (1) The names of all...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-300.   Disposition of duplicate abstracts in municipal elections
    Within nine days after a primary or election is held in any municipality, the chairman of the county board of elections shall mail to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-301.   Chairman of election board to furnish certificate of elections
    Not earlier than five days nor later than 10 days after the results of any municipal election have been officially determined and published in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-302.   Absentee voting
    (a) In any municipal election, including a primary or general election or referendum, conducted by the county board of elections, absentee voting may, upon...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-303.   Repealed by Session Laws 1977, c. 265, s. 19
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-304.   State Board of Elections to have jurisdiction over municipal elections, and to advise; emergency and ongoing administration by county board
    (a) Authority and Duty of State Board. - The State Board of Elections shall have the same authority over municipal elections as it has...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-305.   Validation of elections
    All elections, and the results thereof, previously held in and for any municipality, special district, or school administrative unit pursuant to Subchapter IX, Chapter...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-306.   Assumption of office by mayors and councilmen
    Newly elected mayors and councilmen (members of the governing body) shall take office as prescribed by G.S. 160A-68. (1973, c. 866.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-307 through 163-320.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 25 - Nomination and Election of Appellate, Superior, and District Court Judges.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-321.   Applicability
    The nomination and election of justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the Court of Appeals, and superior and district court judges of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-322.   Nonpartisan primary election method
    (a) General. - Except as provided in G.S. 163-329, there shall be a primary to narrow the field of candidates to two candidates for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-323.   Notice of candidacy
    (a) Form of Notice. - Each person offering to be a candidate for election shall do so by filing a notice of candidacy with...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-324.   Filing fees required of candidates; refunds
    (a) Fee Schedule. - At the time of filing a notice of candidacy under this Article, each candidate shall pay to the State Board...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-325.   Petition in lieu of payment of filing fee
    (a) General. - Any qualified voter who seeks election under this Article may, in lieu of payment of any filing fee required for the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-326.   Certification of notices of candidacy
    (a) Names of Candidates Sent to Secretary of State. - Within three days after the time for filing notices of candidacy with the State...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-327.   Repealed by Session Laws 2006-192, s. 9(a), effective August 3, 2006, and applicable to vacancies occurring on or after August 3, 2006
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-327.1.   Rules when vacancies for superior court judge are to be voted on
    If a vacancy occurs in a judicial district for any offices of superior court judge, and on account of the occurrence of such vacancy,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-328.   Failure of candidates to file; death or other disqualification of a candidate; no withdrawal from candidacy
    (a) Insufficient Number of Candidates. - If when the filing period expires, candidates have not filed for an office to be filled under this...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-329.   Elections to fill vacancy in office created after primary filing period opens
    (a) General. - If a vacancy is created in the office of justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-330.   Voting in primary
    Any person who will become qualified by age to register and vote in the general election for which the primary is held, even though...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-331.   Date of primary
    The primary shall be held on the same date as established for primary elections under G.S. 163-1(b). (1996, 2nd Ex. Sess., c. 9, s.
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-332.   Ballots
    (a) General. - In elections there shall be official ballots. The ballots shall be printed to conform to the requirement of G.S. 163-165.6(c) and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-333.   Repealed by Session Laws 2001-398, s. 15
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-334.   Counting of ballots
    Counting of ballots in primaries and elections held under this Article shall be under the same rules as for counting of ballots in nonpartisan...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-335.   Other rules
    Except as provided by this Article, the conduct of elections shall be governed by Subchapter VI of this Chapter. (1996, 2nd Ex. Sess., c....

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