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Filing for NC political officers may resume Thursday, pending Supreme Court decision scheduled for Wednesday


Lawsuits over the newly drawn district maps were filed shortly after the maps were approved by the General Assembly— while the lawsuits worked their way through the court system, filing for the November 2022 election was temporarily suspended by the courts. 

The process for candidate filing is scheduled to resume on February 24, with the primary being scheduled for May 17. While filing is anticipated to run from the 24th until March 4th, a decision from a panel of Superior Court Judges could change that this week. 

Judges Graham Shirley II, R-Wake, Nathaniel Poovey, R-Catawba, and Dawn Layton, D-Richmond have until noon Feb. 23, to decide which maps the state will use in its 2022 primaries. The North Carolina General Assembly approved new maps in a bipartisan vote last week and sent them to the Judges for consideration. 

If no appeals after the Judges’ decision on Wednesday, the primaries would likely proceed as planned.  Then, absentee-by-mail ballots would go out at the latest on April 1. Early in-person voting would start April 28, and the primary election day would be May 17.

Candidates that are seeking US Senate, House, State Supreme Court Justice, State Judge of Appeals, Superior Court Judge, District Court Judge, and District Attorney need to file with the state board of elections. Filing for State Senate, House, and all county and municipal offices should be done through the county board of elections.

Candidates who filed in December do not have to file again.

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