State Board Sets Dates for New Election in 9th Congressional District

Determines ballot placement in 3rd District

RALEIGH, NC – On February 21, the State Board of Elections voted unanimously to order a new election in the 9th Congressional District after determining that irregularities occurred to such an extent that they tainted the results of the election and cast doubt on its fairness.

The candidate filing period for the 9th Congressional District is March 11-15.

Calendar for the new election

  • Candidate filing period: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11-15
  • Primary election: May 14
  • Second primary (if necessary): September 10. If no candidate receives more than 30% of the votes in May, the second-ranked candidate may demand a second primary. The top two vote-getters would be on the ballot for the second primary.
  • General election (if no second primary): September 10
  • General election (if second primary): November 5

3rd District Rep. Jones dies, will be replaced

Meanwhile, candidate filing ended for the special election in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, where the incumbent, Walter Jones, died Feb. 10, three months after being reelected to a 13th term.

In both cases, as required by NC General Statute § 163A-1114(c), the State Board of Elections office randomly determines the order of candidates on the primary and general election ballots in the special election for the 3rd Congressional District, using a random drawing and a coin flip. In the 3rd District, the drawing determined that candidates’ names will appear in reverse alphabetical order in the primary, second primary (if necessary), and general election.

A separate drawing will be held at 5:15 p.m. March 15 to determine candidate order on ballots for the 9th District contest.

The ballot order selection process is streamed on Facebook Live and is available on the State Board’s Facebook page,

Judicial Candidate certified by State Board

In a separate action on Feb. 10, the Board voted 3-2 to certify Vanessa Burton as the winner of District Court Judge District 16B Seat 2 in Robeson County.


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