Instructions for Filing Petitions in North Carolina
Purpose of Petitions - Petitions are used to place candidates and issues upon
Creating Petitions - 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 web site
guides you through the process and provides statutes and petition templates. These
templates conform to requirements listed in the General Statutes.
We encourage you to contact the State Board of Elections or your County Board of Elections
if you have any questions. If you follow the steps listed below and use the petition
templates provided, you should encounter few problems in processing your petition.
Before you begin, make sure you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to read the statutes
and forms. If you do not have this application installed on your computer, go to Adobe's
web site and follow their instructions to download a free copy.
If the petition is a statewide petition or involves a district spanning more than
one county, notify the State Board of Elections of your intention to file by completing
the Petition Request Form and using one of the following methods:
fax it to (919)715-0135
or send via E-MAIL
or mail to: Deputy Director of Administration, NC State Board of Elections, PO Box
27255, Raleigh, NC 27603
For offices that are in a single county or for a district entirely within a single
county, the Petition Request Form and all materials should be submitted to the local County
Board of Elections. Download Petition Request Form inPDF
Format or Microsoft
Gather signatures. File your petition with the County Board of Elections where the
voters who sign are registered. Use one set of petition forms for each county. If
a voter does not reside in the county, municipality, or township for which the petition
is filed, his or her signature will not be counted. Note also that persons cannot
sign the petition for anyone other than himself or herself.
The appropriate County Board of Elections will certify the petition signatures. If
the petition is a State-Wide Petition, the county will submit certification to the
State Board of Elections.
The State Board will notify you when the required number of signatures has been collected.
If the petition is a county or municipal petition, the County Board of Elections will
North Carolina State Board of Elections
441 North Harrington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603