Types of Elections
In even-numbered years a primary election is held to nominate a candidate to represent a political party in the general election held later in the same year. In North Carolina the officially recognized political parties (Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Constitution, and Green) traditionally hold their primaries on the Tuesday after the first Monday in March. Registered voters may vote only in the primary election of their declared party.
Unaffiliated Voters and NC Primaries
Unaffiliated voters in North Carolina may vote in primary elections. Unaffiliated voters may choose to participate in any recognized party’s partisan primary, or they may request a non-partisan ballot. However, the voter must choose only one party’s primary. Participating in a partisan primary will not affect your status as an unaffiliated voter. The partisan choice does carry over to a second primary if one is called. If you request a non-partisan ballot, you will only vote for those contests that are non-partisan (i.e. judicial contests, referenda, etc.). The Constitution and Green parties do not permit unaffiliated voters to vote in their primaries.
In even-numbered years a general election is held to elect a candidate to office on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. Registered voters may vote for candidates in any recognized party regardless of the voters’ party affiliation.
Municipal elections in North Carolina are held in odd-numbered years on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. All of the municipal elections in Brunswick County are nonpartisan and decided by simple plurality, i.e. the candidate(s) with the most votes wins. There are no municipal primaries or municipal runoff elections in Brunswick County. Please note: Voting on Election Day in odd-numbered municipal election years is held at the same polling location as voting on Election Day in even-numbered primary and general election years. Your polling location does not change just because it is a municipal election year.