VOTER REGISTRATION

The deadline to register to vote in this State for the 2014 General Election is October 10, 2014. Voter Registration (VR) forms that are received by the county board of elections office or postmarked by the deadline are accepted as valid applications for the upcoming election. You can also register at any DMV office and certain agencies. VR forms can be found here. Information on locating your board of elections can be found here. Applicants will be notified by the county board of elections of their precinct and polling place assignments.

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2014 General Election Judicial Voter Guide

Candidates

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Election Law Changes

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Key Election Dates

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Overview of this Guide

This Voter Guide is intended to provide you with vital information about the candidates seeking election to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals who are on the ballot on November 4th General Election. These justices and judges are elected to eight year terms.

Click here to download the 2014 Appellate Judicial Voter Guide.

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ROLE OF THE NC APPELLATE COURTS

Appellate courts hear appeals regarding the decisions made in another court. The NC Supreme Court is the State’s highest court. It hears appeals of cases from the Court of Appeals and appeals of cases that have imposed the death penalty. There is no further appeal in North Carolina of its decisions, but in limited instances involving federal law, the US Supreme Court may consider appeals from the NC Supreme Court. The NC Supreme Court has no jury. Its chief justice and six associate justices hear all cases together, as one sitting court. It considers errors in legal procedures or in interpretation of the law by a lower court.

The NC Court of Appeals hears appeals of all kinds of decisions of the State Superior and District Courts (the trial courts) from divorce cases to tax cases. It also hears appeals from administrative agencies. There is no jury in the Court of Appeals. The 15 judges sit in rotating panels of three, considering errors in legal procedures or in judicial interpretation of the law. If a vote is 2-1, the losing party has an automatic right to appeal to the NC Supreme Court.