While campaign signs have been spotted on the roadsides for months, filing for the 2022 elections does not officially open until December 6 and will run though December 17.
While several of the seats up for election will appear on the March Primary ballot, filing for seats such as commissioner will open on December 6 and will not appear on the ballot until November.
In North Carolina, the statewide primary is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2022. During this election, voters can choose which candidates they prefer to be on the general election ballot in November. The purpose of a primary is to narrow the field of candidates for the general election.
Registered voters across the state can vote in the primary. However, voters affiliated with any political party will be given a ballot of candidates for their party. Unaffiliated voters can choose the ballot of candidates for any party: Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican.
Each candidate that wins in each contest on their party’s ballot will become a nominee. The nominee will appear on the ballot in the general election contest. To become the party’s nominee, the candidate must win by at least 30 percent of the vote plus one. If no candidate reaches the total necessary to become the nominee in a contest on the ballot, a second primary may be held on April 26 or May 17. The date will depend on whether a federal office is involved. Voters can revisit this page after the primary to confirm a second primary.
Statewide races on the primary ballot include:
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
The N.C. General Assembly
The N.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
Local races on the primary ballot include:
Register of Deeds
Clerk of Court
*(Specific to Macon County) Local races that will appear on the November ballot but filing does NOT begin in December
Soil & Water: Filing begins noon on June 13 and goes until July 1
School Board: Filing begins noon July 25 and goes until August 13