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N.C. Moves 2016 Primary Elections to March

A new law  passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on Sept. 30, 2015, provides that North Carolina will hold the 2016 Presidential Primary Election, along with all general primary elections, on March 15, 2016. North Carolina previously held all primary elections in May.

The earlier Primary Election date results in changes to the deadlines for candidate filing and party affiliation.

  • The candidate filing period will begin at 12:00 p.m. on December 1, 2015 and end at 12:00 p.m. on December 21, 2015. More information about candidate filing can be found on the N.C. State Board of Elections website .

All citizens who wish to vote in the March 15, 2016 primary must be registered to vote by February 19, 2016. Find voter registration information here .

Any candidate wishing to file for a party primary must have been affliliated with that party for at least 75 days prior to their filing date. As such, October 7, 2015 was the deadline to change party affiliation for the 2016 Primary Election. The N.C. State Board of Elections public voter search can be found here .

For questions related to upcoming elections, please contact the Currituck County Board of Elections at (252) 232-2525.