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North Carolina > Elections And Election Laws > Municipal Elections (§ § 163-279 through 163-320) Article 23. Municipal Election Procedure (§ § 163-279 through 163-290)

§ 163-289. Right to challenge; challenge procedure.

Overview of Statute

Challenges to municipal elections are conducted the same way a county election would be conducted. If a person challenges another voter’s right to vote they must reside in that municipality.


(a) The rules governing challenges in municipal elections shall be the same as are now applicable to challenges made in a county election, provided however, any voter who challenges another voter’s right to vote in any municipal or special district election must reside in such municipality or special district.

(b) Whenever a challenge is made pursuant to this section, the appropriate board of elections shall process such challenge in accordance with the provisions of Article 8 of this Chapter as such Article is applicable.

(1971, c. 835, s. 1; 1973, c. 793, s. 89; 2011-31, s. 10; 2017-6, s. 3; 2018-146, s. 3.1(a), (b).)

Definition [board]

The term “board” means the State Board with respect to all candidates for State, legislative, and judicial offices and the county board of elections with respect to all candidates for county and municipal offices. The term means the State Board with respect to all statewide referenda and the county board of elections conducting all local referenda.

§ 163A-1411 (3). Definitions.





Definition [Board]

Board. – Any State board, commission, council, committee, task force,
authority, or similar public body, however denominated, created by statute or
executive order, as determined and designated by the State Board, except for
those public bodies that have only advisory authority.

§ 163A-152 (3). Definitions

Definition [election]

The term “election” means any general or special election, a first or second primary, a run-off election, or an election to fill a vacancy. The term “election” shall not include any local or statewide referendum.

§ 163A-1411 (30). Definitions.

Definition [Election]

“Election” means the event in which voters cast votes in ballot items concerning proposals or candidates for office in this State or the United States. The term includes primaries, general elections, referenda, and special elections.

§ 163A-1095 (4). Definition