Candidate Filing

The following section covers the administrative aspect of candidate filing, in which the candidate qualifes for his or her name to appear on a ballot. Campaign reporting obligations may begin before the candidate files a Notice of Candidacy. For more information about campaign reporting, visit the Campaign Finance area of our website.

What to file

Notice of Candidacy: Click here for the form (the form will also be available at the elections office)

The Notice of Candidacy requires confirmation from the candidate's local Board of Elections office that the candidate is a registered North Carolina voter in the proper jurisdiction.

The Notice of Candidacy form also includes the following sections:

  • Verification of voter registration by County Board of Elections: If the candidate files with the State Board of Elections office, the candidate should visit his or her local County Board of Elections office to recieve this written confirmation before submitting the Notice of Candidacy. For locations and contact information for County Board of Elections offices, click here.
  • Disclosure of any felony convictions: If the candidate must disclose any past felonies (with sentences completed), the candidate must submit a Felony Disclosure within 48 hours of submitting the Notice of Candidacy.
  • Affidavit of Nickname, for those candidates that can attest they are known by another name other than their legal name as appearing in the candidate's voter registration (a candidate may use initials without completing an affidavit of nickname)

Filing fees: Filing fees are generally set at 1% of the annual salary of the office. G.S. § 163-107. For information about filing fees for county and local offices, contact the local County Board of Elections. Click here for the filing fee for the office of Clerk of Court, which varies by county.

2014 filing fees for offices that file with
the State Board of Elections (and state legislators)
Office Filing fee
U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative $1,740
State Senator or State Representative $207
Chief Justice, State Supreme Court $1,426
Associate Justice, State Supreme Court $1,389
Judge, State Court of Appeals $1,331
Judge, Superior Court $1,259
Judge, District Court $1,107
District Attorney $1,207

The filing fee may be paid with an individual check or money order, payable to the State Board of Elections or the appropriate County Board of Elections. Filing fees cannot be paid by a check from a business.

Where to file

The State Board of Elections receives Notice of Candidacy paperwork for the following offices:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • All State executive officers
  • US Senate
  • US House of Representatives
  • District Attorney
  • Judicial offices

The County Board of Elections receives Notice of Candidacy paperwork for the following offices:       

  • State Senate
  • State House of Representatives
  • All county and local offices (except District Attorney)

When to file

2014 candidate filing period

  • Begins: 12:00 noon on Monday, February 10, 2014
  • Ends: 12:00 noon on Friday, February 28, 2014

Notice of Candidacy paperwork may only be accepted if received during the filing period. If mailed, the Notice must be received by deadline.  All Notices arriving after the deadline cannot be accepted.

Other information about filing a Notice of Candidacy

Notice of candidacy signature witness requirements: The Notice of Candidacy must be signed in the presence of the Chairman or Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, or a candidate may have his/her signature on the Notice of Candidacy acknowledged and certified to by any officer authorized to administer an oath, including a notary. G.S. § 163-106 . In signing his or her Notice of Candidacy, the candidate may use a nickname if candidate complies with the requirement specified in G.S. § 163-106 and G.S. § 163-323(a), which includes submitting an affidavit.

Party affiliation requirements for partisan offices: No person shall be permitted to file as a candidate of any political party in a party primary if the person, at the time of filing his or her Notice of Candidacy, is registered as an affiliate of a different political party. No person registered as “unaffiliated” (without any party affiliation) shall be eligible to file as a candidate in a primary. No person who has changed political party affiliation shall be permitted to file as a candidate in the primary of the party to which he changed unless the person has been affiliated with that political party at least 90 days prior to the date of filing. G.S. § 163-106(b).

Statement of Economic Interest

General Statute § 138A-22(d) requires candidates for certain offices to file a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) at the same time as filing the Notice of Candidacy, or within 10 days of the close of filing (by March 10, 2014), at the same office that receives the filing paperwork. The Statement of Economic Interest form is available from the State Ethics Commission website via the following link http://www.ethicscommission.nc.gov/sei/blankForm.aspx?type=Candidate. Offices whose candidates (or appointees, or elected officers) must comply:

Legislators

G.S. § 138A-3(22)

 

  • A member or presiding officer of the General Assembly
  • Lieutenant Governor (for purposes of G.S. Chapter 138A, the Lieutenant Governor is considered a legislator when presiding over the Senate as President pursuant to Sec. 13 of Article II of the Constitution, and a public servant for all other purposes. G.S. § 138A-4.)

Judicial officers

G.S. § 138A-3(19)

 

  • All Justices and Judges
  • District Attorneys
  • Clerks of Court

Council of State

G.S. § 138A-3(30) Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Auditor Treasurer Superintendent of Public Instruction Attorney General Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services Commissioner of Labor Commissioner of Insurance

 

A $250 fine can be levied by the State Ethics Commission for failure to file a complete SEI on time. It is a Class 1 misdemeanor to knowingly conceal or fail to disclose information required on the SEI, and a Class H felony to disclose false information .

Questions concerning a candidate’s obligation to file an SEI should be directed to the State Board of Elections, (919) 733-7173. Questions concerning the completion of the SEI should be directed to the State Ethics Commission, (919) 715-2071.

Candidates who file an SEI do not have to disclose felony convictions. G.S. § 163-106(a1)

Notice of candidacy signature witness requirements: The Notice of Candidacy must be signed in the presence of the Chairman or Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, or a candidate may have his/her signature on the notice of candidacy acknowledged and certified to by any officer authorized to administer an oath, including a notary. G.S. § 163-106 . In signing his or her Notice of Candidacy, the candidate may use a nickname if candidate complies with the requirement specified in G.S. § 163-106 and G.S. § 163-323(a), which includes submitting an affidavit.

Party affiliation requirements for partisan offices: No person shall be permitted to file as a candidate of any political party in a party primary if theperson, at the time of filing his or her notice of candidacy, is registered as an affiliate of a different political party. No person registered as “unaffiliated” (without any party affiliation) shall be eligible to file as a candidate in a primary. No person who has changed political party affiliation shall be permitted to file as a candidate in the primary of the party to which he changed unless the person has been affiliated with that political party at least 90 days prior to the date of filing. G.S. § 163-106(b).