Filing for Office

What a Candidate Should Expect When Filing for Office

A Board of Elections staff member will work with each candidate to verify eligibility to file.

Filing paperwork will be completed and notarized (photo ID will be required for notarization).

The candidate will pay a filing fee.  Filing fees should be paid in the form of a check or money order. Business or corporate checks and credit cards not accepted. Filing fees $50 or less may be paid in cash; exact change required.

The candidate will have an opportunity to sit with a staff member to discuss establishing a candidate committee for campaign finance purposes.

Candidates will be provided a packet containing information pertinent to running for office.

2024 Candidate Filing

Candidate filing dates:  Monday, December 4, 2023 at noon – Friday, December 15, 2023 at noon

Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 5:00 PM

A candidate must meet the general candidate requirements for the office sought.  

Party Requirement:  To be eligible to file for office in a partisan primary, a person must have been affiliated with that party for at least 90 days as of the date they file a notice of candidacy. 

Unaffiliated Candidates

Any qualified voter may seek nomination as an unaffiliated candidate.  This involves a petition process where the petitioner will collect a required number of signatures based on the office they are seeking.  An individual who successfully qualifies as an unaffiliated candidate will be listed on the ballot for the general election.

Filing Fees

OfficeFiling FeeWhere to File?

US House of Representatives

$1,740.00

State

Governor

$2,030.73

State

Lieutenant Governor

$1,683.84

State

Attorney General

$1,683.84

State

Auditor

$1,683.84

State

Agriculture Commissioner

$1,683.84

State

Insurance Commissioner

$1,683.84

State

Labor Commissioner

$1,683.84

State

Secretary of State

$1,683.84

State

Superintendent of Public Instruction

$1,683.84

State

Treasurer

$1,683.84

State

NC Senate (District 8)

$139.51

County

NC House (Districts 17 and 19)

$139.51

County

Justice, NC Supreme Court 

$1,978.02

State

Judge, NC Court of Appeals

$1,896.21

State

Judge, District Court

$1,626.20

State

County Commissioner (Districts 3, 4 and 5)

$316.00

County

Board of Education (Districts 1, 2 and 4)

$157.20

County

Register of Deeds

$1,191.84

County