Bill Summary for S 722 (2021)

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Jun 9 2021

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Senate Bill 722 (Public) Filed Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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.
Intro. by Daniel, Newton, Hise.

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House committee substitute adds the following to the 3rd edition.

Adds a new Section 1.4 requiring the board of county commissioners, in each county where the county is divided into electoral districts for the purpose of nominating or electing persons to the board of commissioners, to review and revise its electoral districts and adopt a resolution containing the revised electoral districts by November 17, 2021. Specifies that the resolution becomes effective upon its adoption.

Enacts substantively identical provisions barring elections to be held to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education (CM BOE) or the Lexington City Board of Education (LC BOE) for 2021 and requiring members elected in 2017 (or persons filling vacancies for those terms) to hold over in office until their successors are elected and qualified at the time of the general election for county offices in 2022, with results determined by specified state law. Sets the filing period for candidates from noon July 25, 2022, and noon August 12, 2022. Provides for members elected in 2022 to serve terms commencing on December 6, 2022, and expiring December 2, 2025. Conditions these provisions on the CM BOE or the LC BOE, as appropriate, not receiving the federal decennial census information for 2020 by July 19, 2021, and provides the procedure for the BOE regarding the adoption of a resolution stating that that has happened by July 26, 2021. Requires the adopted resolution to be submitted to the respective county board of elections and the State Board of Elections (State Board), with notice of the delay to be published as provided.

Amends the Charter of the City of Raleigh, found in SL 1949-1184, as amended, providing for city council election by nonpartisan plurality method pursuant to GS 163-292 (was nonpartisan election and runoff election pursuant to GS 163-293). Additionally provides for elections to be held in even-numbered years with all other related dates determined in accordance with the state uniform municipal laws. Directs that there be no municipal elections held in the City in 2021, and directs that the next municipal election be held on November 8, 2022. Extends the terms of mayor and council members serving on the effective date of the act until their successor is elected and qualified. Requires municipal elections to be conducted in 2022 and biennially thereafter. 

Excludes from the act's scope offices elected at large in any municipality where there is an election of municipal officers scheduled for 2021 where less than the entire jurisdiction is eligible to vote for candidates for one or more offices on the 2021 ballot, and that municipality has notified the county board at least five business days prior to the opening of the 2021 filing period provided under state law for the election method of that municipality. If so notified, directs the county board to open the filing period for the offices elected at large only for that municipality and conduct the election in 2021 in accordance with the municipality's charter and state election law.

Changes the act's titles. 

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