Overview

On this page, you will find details, including dates and deadlines, for the 2023 municipal elections.

North Carolina has more than 550 cities, towns, and villages – also known as municipalities. Municipalities are local governments, which make decisions about development, policing, trash service, local taxation, and other issues that affect voters’ daily lives.

Most municipalities in North Carolina conduct elections in odd-numbered years, including 2023. This is when voters choose who will represent them in local government offices, such as mayor and councilperson. Some municipalities may also conduct referenda on property tax or other matters.

In 2023, there are four municipal election dates in North Carolina:

  • Tuesday, March 7 (Town of Dobson voters only)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12 (Charlotte, Sanford, if necessary)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10 (various municipalities)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7 (various municipalities)

Voting in Municipal Elections

To be eligible to vote in a municipal election, the voter must live in that municipality for at least 30 days before Election Day.

With the Voter Search tool, registered voters can determine if they live in an area that conducts municipal elections by finding a municipality under “Your Jurisdictions.”

All registered and eligible voters will find their sample ballot(s) in the “Your Sample Ballot” section of their Voter Search profile as they become available.

The voter registration deadline is 25 days before Election Day. Find out how to register.

For information on how to vote in municipal elections, see the following pages:

For more information about municipal elections in your area, contact your county board of elections.

 

2023 Municipal Elections

New Election for Town of Dobson Commissioner

A new election for Town of Dobson Commissioner in Surry County will be held Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Read more about why the State Board of Elections ordered a new election for this contest.

Voters in the March 7 Dobson election will vote for two candidates out of three on the ballot: J. Wayne Atkins, John Jonczak, and Walter White. View a sample ballot.

Questions? Call the Surry County Board of Elections at 336-401-8225 or send an email to elections@surrycountync.gov.

Below is a calendar for voters who live in Dobson:

Election Date or Deadline (Town of Dobson voters only)
February 3, 2023: Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters who have requested them, beginning today.
February 10, 2023: Civilian voter registration deadline for Dobson voters.
February 16–March 4, 2023: One-stop early voting period for the Dobson election. For sites and schedules, see the One-Stop Voting Sites Search.
February 28, 2023: Deadline for civilians to submit an absentee ballot request form for the Dobson election (5 p.m.).
March 7, 2023: Election Day for Town of Dobson voters only. 
March 17, 2023: Surry County canvass for Town of Dobson election.

 

 

September, October, and November Municipal Elections

Additional information is coming soon to this section. Please see the chart below for important 2023 election dates and deadlines.

2023 Municipal Election Dates and Deadlines

Election Date or Deadline
August 11, 2023: County Boards of Elections begin mailing absentee ballots for September partisan primaries to eligible voters who submitted an absentee ballot request.
August 18, 2023: Civilian voter registration deadline for September partisan primaries
August 24, 2023: One-stop, in-person early voting begins for September partisan primaries.
Sept. 5, 2023: Civilian absentee ballot request deadline for September partisan primaries (5 p.m.)
Sept. 8, 2023: County Boards of Elections begin mailing absentee ballots for October municipal elections to eligible voters who submitted an absentee ballot request.
Sept. 9, 2023: One-stop, in-person early voting ends for September partisan primaries.
Sept. 12, 2023: Election Day in municipalities with September partisan primaries
Sept. 12, 2023: Civilian absentee ballot return deadline for September partisan primaries (5 p.m.)
Sept. 15, 2023: Civilian voter registration deadline for October municipal elections
Sept. 19, 2023: County canvass for September partisan primaries (11 a.m.)
Sept. 21, 2023: One-stop, in-person early voting begins for October municipal elections.
Oct. 3, 2023: Civilian absentee ballot request deadline for October municipal elections (5 p.m.)
Oct. 6, 2023: County Boards of Elections begin mailing absentee ballots for November municipal elections to eligible voters who submitted an absentee ballot request.
Oct. 7, 2023: One-stop, in-person early voting ends for October municipal elections.
Oct. 10, 2023: Election Day in municipalities with October elections
Oct. 10, 2023: Civilian absentee ballot return deadline for October municipal elections (5 p.m.)
Oct. 13, 2023: Civilian voter registration deadline for November municipal elections
Oct. 17, 2023: County canvass for October municipal elections (11 a.m.)
Oct. 19, 2023: One-stop, in-person early voting begins for November municipal elections.
Oct. 31, 2023: Civilian absentee ballot request deadline for November municipal elections (5 p.m.)
Nov. 4, 2023: One-stop, in-person early voting ends for November municipal elections.
Nov. 7, 2023: Election Day in municipalities with November elections
Nov. 7, 2023: Civilian absentee ballot return deadline for November municipal elections (5 p.m.)