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  • Summary date: Mar 28 2013 - View Summary

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Amends GS 163-287(c), providing that the last sentence of subsection (a) of GS 163-287 does not apply to any special election related to public health or safety, including a vacancy in the office of sheriff. Changes reference to "election" to "special election" in GS 69-25.1.

    Amends GS 69-25.2 and GS 105-465, deleting language stating that no new registration of voters will be required for the special elections. Also deletes language related to the registration of these voters and related notice requirements.

    Amends GS 105-473(a), deleting provision allowing all voters in the County that are properly registered no later than 21 days prior to the election to vote in the special election.

    Amends GS 105-509(b), 105-510(b), and 105-511.2(a) making clarifying and technical changes.


  • Summary date: Jan 30 2013 - View Summary

    Amends GS 163-287 to require a special election called by a local government or special district to be held at the same time as any other state, county, or municipal general election or at the same time as the primary election in an even-numbered year. Creates new subsections (c), (d), and (e) to exempt the following from the requirement: (1) special elections related to the public health or safety if the governing body adopts a resolution stating the need for the special election at a different time from the general election or primary; (2) municipal incorporation or recall elections pursuant to a local act of the General Assembly; and (3) municipal elections to fill vacancies pursuant to a local act of the General Assembly where more than six months remain in the term of office; if less than six months remain, the governing board may fill the vacancy. Specifies that the court's or the State Board of Elections' authority to order a new election is not impacted.

    Enacts new GS 163-3 to require special elections be conducted as required by GS 163-287. Amends GS 18B-601(f) (alcoholic beverage election), GS 160A-103 (referendum petition), GS 159-61(b) (bond referendum), and GS 160A-104 (initiative petition) to conform the applicable elections to GS 163-287. Makes additional conforming and clarifying changes to various applicable statutes to provide that special elections must be conducted in accordance with GS 163-287. 

    Effective with respect to special elections held on or after January 1, 2014.