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Special Primary Election, General Election dates set to fill Jones seat

On Feb. 27, Gov. Roy Cooper announced new election dates to fill the seat in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District, which has been vacant since Congressman Walter Jones Jr. died February 10.

Cooper issued a formal Writ of Election and Proclamation directing that a special general election be held.

The special election calendar is as follows:

March 4 through March 8: Candidates file notice of candidacy with State Board of Elections

April 30: Special Primary Election with early voting starting March 15, 2019

July 9: Special General Election unless a runoff primary is required, then this day becomes the runoff election date. Absentee voting starts May 24, 2019.

Sept. 10: becomes the Special General Election Day if runoff is required with absentee voting starting July 26, 2019.

A primary runoff is required, according to the Writ of Election and Proclamation, if no candidate receives 30 percent of the vote.

Federal and state laws require the governor to schedule election dates to fill the vacant seat in the Third Congressional District. The State Board of Elections is responsible for scheduling a new election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District.

The Dare County Board of Elections is awaiting guidance from the State Board of Elections as to the one-stop, early voting schedule.

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