This page contains generalized information on the various types of elections that the State Board of Elections helps to administer. For information on the coming year's specific elections, click here.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections aids counties in administering election events across the state every year. These elections can be broadly divided into two categories: Statewide general elections (often simply called "general elections") and municipal elections. As stipulated by N.C. General Statute §163-1(c), statewide general elections occur in even-numbered years, are held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November.
Municipal elections, dates, and procedures are outlined in Article 23 and Article 24 of N.C. General Statute §163. Most municipal elections occur in odd-numbered years, however some are conducted during even-numbered years. Municipalities are allowed some latitude in planning their elections; as such, North Carolina provides for four different methods of municipal election. The date of the election for these municipalities depends on the municipal election type and whether their election is held during an odd or even year.
2018 being an even year, North Carolina will conduct a general election on November 6, 2018. There will be a primary election on May 8, 2018, in preparation for the ensuing general election.