AN ACT TO REQUIRE THAT ELECTIONS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH ONE OR MORE OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION IN 2021 WHERE THE CANDIDATE FOR THAT OFFICE IS ELECTED BY DISTRICT SHALL BE DELAYED UNTIL 2022; TO REQUIRE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH DELAYED 2021 ELECTIONS TO REVIEW AND REVISE THOSE ELECTORAL DISTRICTS FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF THE 2020 U.S. CENSUS DATA; TO PROVIDE THAT REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN THE CITY OF RALEIGH SHALL BE HELD IN EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS; AND TO ALLOW RESOLUTIONS REDISTRICTING COUNTY ELECTORAL DISTRICTS TO BECOME EFFECTIVE UPON ADOPTION FOR THE 2022 ELECTIONS.
Senate amendment to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.
The previous edition requires each municipality with elections delayed pursuant to the act to review and revise its electoral districts upon the release of the 2020 Census data by the US Census Bureau by November 17, 2021, and provide the revised electoral districts to the appropriate county board(s) of election by November 19, 2021, with municipalities unable to revise their districts to notify the appropriate county board of elections. Now requires each municipality with a delayed election to notify the appropriate county board(s) by November 12, 2021, of whether the municipality will be able to provide electoral districts revised pursuant to State and federal law by November 17, 2021. Requires those notifying the board(s) of the inability to do so to provide electoral districts revised pursuant to State and federal law by December 17, 2021. Requires the board(s) to set the filing period to be used for the municipality's delayed elections, as previously identified, with the filing period for delayed elections to be (1) noon December 6, 2021, until noon December 17, 2021, for municipalities providing the electoral districts revised in accordance with State and federal law to the appropriate county board(s) by November 17, 2021, or (2) noon on January 3, 2022, and close at noon on January 7, 2022, for municipalities providing the electoral districts revised in accordance with State and federal law to the appropriate county board(s) by December 17, 2021. Makes organizational, technical and conforming changes.
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