Candidates: Filing Period #1 Starts | 2021 Municipal Elections
In 2021, there are two scheduled filing periods for municipal elections by contest type:
- Municipalities in which there are no district contests: Noon on Friday, July 2 to noon on Friday, July 16, 2021.
- Municipalities in which there are district contests: Noon on Monday, July 26 to noon on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.*
*Applies if any office requires residency in a municipal district or ward.
How are the filing periods for the 2021 municipal elections determined? They are set per N.C.G.S. § 163-294.2(c).
Note: Because 2021 is a year following the federal census, some municipalities must redistrict to correct population imbalances. Therefore, filing periods and election dates for district-based contests are subject to change as they are contingent on the timeliness of the U.S. Census Bureau releasing data and state and local governments adopting redistricting plans based on that data. Please check back in late June to confirm district-based contest dates.
See Running for Municipal Office in 2021 for more detail.