Today, December 1st, was the opening day of the candidate filing period for North Carolina’s 2016 elections. Candidates have three weeks to register, with filing closing on December 21st.
In order to make the most of the presidential primary, which is expected to draw out voters, lawmakers moved the primaries for federal, state, and local elections in North Carolina from May to March 15th. And that means filing has been moved forward too. Here’s New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Derek Bowens: