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Candidate filing for 2022 elections to resume Feb. 24

Raleigh — Candidate filing for the 2022 statewide primary and rescheduled municipal elections will resume at 8 a.m. Feb. 24 and end at noon March 4.

On Dec. 8, the NC Supreme Court suspended the filing period, which had begun Dec. 6, moved the date of the statewide primary, and rescheduled municipal elections to Tuesday, May 17. The general election is on Nov. 8.

Candidates who filed before the suspension of the filing period do not need to re-file if they still wish to run for the same office. However, those candidates may withdraw their candidacy during the new filing period and instead file for any other office for which they are eligible. The deadline to withdraw is the close of business on March 1.

“Choosing to run for an elected office is a major decision,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “We want filing to be a smooth and customer-friendly process for all candidates, and we have strived to create an efficient and safe environment for everyone.”

Depending on the office sought, candidates will file their Notices of Candidacy with either their county board of elections or the State Board of Elections.

Candidates for the following offices will file with the State Board:
• U.S. Senate
• U.S. House of Representatives
• N.C. Supreme Court Justice
• Judge of the NC Court of Appeals
• Superior Court judge
• District Court judge
• District attorney

Candidates for the following offices file with their county board of elections:
• N.C. Senate
• N.C. House of Representatives
• All county and municipal offices

Important: Candidates filing with the State Board will file at the Governor James G. Martin Building, 4381 Trinity Road, Raleigh, located on the NC State Fairgrounds. (Note: This is a change in location, as candidate filing in December was held in the Exposition Center, also on the Fairgrounds.)

Candidates, guests, and members of the media should enter the Fairgrounds through Gate 9 on Trinity Road. (See Fairgrounds map.)

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