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Results listed by month and additional information can be found here.
View the list of candidates here.

Click here to track the status of petitions initiated with the State Board of Elections office

Petitions are used to place candidates and issues upon ballots.

Only certain types of petitions are allowed by law.

Before you begin distributing a petition, you need to be aware of the laws governing your particular petition, as well as general provisions pertaining to petitions in North Carolina. This page reviews the petition process and provides the applicable laws, due dates, forms, and petition sheets. The petition sheets located here, which contain the required information for the different types of petitions, must be used. Blanks at the top of the petition sheet must be completed before collecting any signatures. Additional information on petitions in North Carolina can be found here.

Municipal Elections

During odd-numbered years, North Carolina cities, villages and towns will hold “municipal elections.” Municipal elections are held to elect the governing officials (mayor, city council, town council, etc.) of cities, villages and towns. Not all municipalities will have an election in any given odd-numbered year. Sometimes, the contests for a municipality are held every four years. Also, a few cities or towns elect their officials during even-numbered years. In a municipal election, only residents of the municipality are qualified to vote in the election. These voters must have resided in the municipality for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election. Municipal election methods and dates vary based on the municipal charter for the municipality. There are four municipal election methods:


  • Simple Plurity Method
  • Partisan Primary and Election Method
  • Non-Partisan Primary and Election Method
  • Election & Runoff Method

This is the most common municipal election method. It is non-partisan. Generally, with this method, the candidate with the most votes in a Vote for 1 contest wins; the top two candidates in a Vote for 2 contest win, etc.

In 2017, municipalities which use this method will have their election on November 7, 2017.

Less than six (6) municipalities use this type of municipal election method. This method is similar to a statewide primary and General Election that is held in North Carolina during even-numbered years. If more candidates file for the party nomination for a contest than the number of seats for that contest, then these candidates must compete in a primary election that is held in September. If there is no clear winner in a primary contest, there may need to be a second primary for the contest that will be held in October. The general election is then held in November.

The 2017 election event dates for this election method are Primary - September 12, 2017; Second Primary – October 10, 2017; and Municipal General Election - November 7, 2017.

This municipal election method permits a primary election if more candidates file for the contest than twice the number of seats to be elected. The contest is non-partisan, which means that each candidate’s party affiliation will not be printed on the ballot. The general election for this municipal election method is held in November. If a primary election is needed, then the primary is held in October.

The 2015 election event dates for municipalities which use the Non-partisan Primary and Election are October 10, 2017 and November 7, 2017.

This is another type of non-partisan municipal election. A city or town that uses this method will elect its leaders in the general election that is held in October; however, if the results of a particular contest do not produce a clear winner, then that contest may require a “run-off.” The Run-off Election will be held in November.

The 2017 election event dates for an Election and Runoff are October 10, 2017 and November 7, 2017.




General Election


Simple Plurality


November 7, 2017


Partisan Primary

1st – 09/12/2017

2nd – 10/10/2017



Non-Partisan Primary




Election & Runoff