AN ACT TO ESTABLISH PROCEDURES FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE 2016 PRIMARIES, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY, AND TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS. Enacted September 30, 2015. Effective September 30, 2015.
Summary date: Oct 6 2015 - View summary
Summary date: Sep 23 2015 - View summary
Conference report makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Makes changes to the 2016 general primary calendar, notwithstanding the dates and provisions set forth in General Statutes Chapter 163.
States that the primary election in 2016 will be held on the same date as the 2016 presidential primary, March 15, 2016, and the filing period will open on December 1, 2015, and close on December 21. No person is eligible to file as a candidate in a party primary unless the person has been affiliated with the party for at least 75 days. A person registered as unaffiliated is not eligible to file as a candidate in a party primary.
Sets the date of second primaries on May 24, 2016, for candidates for the United States Senate or House of Representatives and on May 3 for other candidates. Special elections set for May 2016 will be held at the time of the presidential primary absent an affirmative change by the unit of government calling for the special election.
Sets forth other provisions regarding voter eligibility and registration and deadlines for certain candidate filings.
The above provisions apply only to the 2016 primary cycle.
Enacts new GS 163-278.8B allowing the leader of each political party caucus of the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate to establish an affiliated party committee to support the election of candidates. The party committee must designate a treasurer, establish a bank account, raise and expend funds, and conduct campaigns. Makes conforming changes.
Changes the short and long titles.
Summary date: Jul 20 2015 - View summary
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Deletes all of the provisions of the previous edition and replaces it with the following.
Establishes that, notwithstanding GS Chapter 163, Article 18A (Presidential Preference Primary Act), the presidential primary election will be held on March 15, 2016.
Sets out requirements for the process and conduct of the election, qualification to vote, candidate nominating and voting procedures, delegate allocation, and candidate support requirements. More specifically, the State Board of Elections (SBE) must receive from the chair of each political party a list of presidential candidates to be placed on the ballot by December 16, 2015. Requires the SBE to convene on January 5, 2016, to nominate candidates. Provides that nominating petitions for candidates must be received by the SBE by 5:00 p.m. January 4, 2016.
Provides that the candidate receiving the highest number of votes from the primary will be nominated and directs each political party to require its delegate positions to support the candidate that received the highest number of votes until one convention nominating ballot has been taken at the 2016 national party convention, unless that candidate has withdrawn from the race or ceased seeking election to be the President.
Directs the chair of each political party to notify its national committee no later than December 10, 2015, concerning the provisions and requirements of this act.
Applies only to the 2016 presidential primary.
Amends the short and long titles.
Summary date: Apr 16 2015 - View summary
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Adds a section to the act that amends Section 30.8 of SL 2013-381 to prohibit the use of any direct record electronic voting systems that do not use paper ballots in any election held on or after September 1, 2019, for counties using direct record electronic voting machines on election day as of January 1, 2015, and January 1, 2018, for all other counties (was, January 1, 2018, for all counties). Further amends Section 30.9 of SL 2013-381 to provide for those same effective dates (was, January 1, 2020, for all counties that exclusively use direct record electronic voting machines for all current voting requirements and January 1, 2018, for all other counties). Changes the act's long title.
Summary date: Mar 26 2015 - View summary
As the title indicates.