Form. Complaints must be made in writing. The Commission provides a form on the left for filing complaints.
No Anonymous Complaints. You must include your name, address, and telephone number.
Signed & Sworn. The complaint must be signed and notarized.
Person Against Whom You are Filing a Complaint. You must include both the name and elected or appointed position or job title of the person against whom you are filing a complaint. Please note, the Commission does NOT have jurisdiction over all public officials or state employees.
Only certain persons are subject to the Ethics Act:
- Legislative Employees
- Judicial Officers
- Justice or Judge
- District Attorneys
- Clerks of Court
- Public Servants
A list of covered persons can be found here. See Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
Nature of Allegation. You must state the nature of the allegation and specific facts indicating a violation of the State Government Ethics Act (N.C. G.S. 138A) or the Legislative Ethics Act (N.C.G.S. 120, Art. 14) has occurred. These violations include:
- Concealing or failing to disclose required information on the Statement of Economic Interest [G.S. 138A-26]
- A specific violation of the criminal law by a covered person in the performance of that person’s official duties (G.S. 138A-12(b)(3)).
- Promise to threat to obtain political contribution or support (G.S. 126-14)
Timeframe. You must include the date of the alleged violation. You must also file the complaint within two (2) years of when you knew or should have known of the alleged violation.
Personal Knowledge. The contents of the complaint must be within your own knowledge or you must provide the basis upon which you believe the allegations to be true.
Submission: You must submit your signed original complaint to:
State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement
P.O. Box 27255
Raleigh, NC 27611-7255
All ethics complaints filed with the State Board are confidential and may not be disclosed by the Board to third parties. However, the person against whom you have filed a complaint will be provided with a copy and given an opportunity to respond.