Filing for Office
- Overview on Running For Office can be found here
- What You Need To Know (Specific to Orange County)
- Filing For Candidacy (Please see special requirements for Candidates for Sheriff)
- 2022 Elections Calendar and Offices Up For Election
Due to COVID precautions, please complete your forms and bring them with you when you file.
The campaign finance forms you will need can be found here:
New Candidate Under Threshold (anticipate spending LESS than $1000 running for office)
New Candidate Over Threshold (anticipate spending MORE than $1000 running for office)
Notices of Candidacy may not be delivered by surrogates or staff:
Only the candidate may file the notice of candidacy and pay the filing fee in person at the appropriate board of elections. Alternatively, a candidate may have the candidate’s signature on the notice of candidacy acknowledged and certified by an officer authorized to take acknowledgments and administer oaths, in which case the candidate may mail or deliver by commercial courier service the candidate’s notice of candidacy to the appropriate board of elections. Please note that the candidate is not considered to have filed their mailed notice of candidacy until the appropriate board of elections receives it, provided it was before the end of the filing period.
Review the Signage Requirements:
Neither the county boards nor the State Board regulates the placement of signage except at polling sites. Signs fall under N.C.G.S. § 136-32 and are under the purview of the Department of Transportation or the individual municipality. In terms of signs on private property, that is the purview of the property owner and possibly their HOA if one exists. Review the signage requirement guidelines at the Littering Statutes Filing Fact Sheet (PDF).