Filing for Office
During the announced filing period, the candidate pays a filing fee and (if they meet the qualifications for office) signs their Notice of Candidacy to get their name on the ballot for the upcoming election.
Once a voter decides to run for an office (either the next election or a future election) and makes that decision known publicly, they have 10 days to organize a campaign committee by submitting paperwork to the Board of Elections. All municipal and county offices file their reports at the County Board of Elections. All offices at the state, judicial or federal levels file their reports with State Board of Elections in Raleigh.
Organizing a Campaign Committee
The following completed forms must be submitted to the Board of Elections office:
- Statement of Organization - Candidate Committee CRO 2100A
- Certification of Treasurer CRO 3100
- Certification of Financial Account Information CRO 3500
- Certification of Threshold CRO 3600 (submit if staying under the threshold)
- Candidate Designation of Committee Funds CRO 3900
More forms may be needed, but these forms must be completed to open a committee. They may be found on the State Board of Elections website.
Information Needed to Organize a Committee
A committee name is used for campaign financial reports and for advertising purposes. Most all advertisements should include “Paid for by…..” on print and media. This includes business cards, flyers, large campaign signs, radio and TV ads. Traditional sized yard signs do not require the “paid for” statement. (Examples: “John Smith for Mayor,” “Elect Jane Doe for School Board,” etc.)
Contact information includes mailing address, phone, and email
Contact information includes mailing address, phone, and email.
A candidate may be their own treasurer. If not, a treasurer may be anyone but candidate’s spouse. The treasurer is required to complete the Campaign Finance Training within 90 days. The certification is good for 2 years. (http://www.ncsbe.gov/Campaign-Finance/training)
If contributions and spending are anticipated to stay under $1,000, choose to organize “under the threshold” (at any time during the campaign, this may be amended if the threshold is surpassed). If filing over the threshold, financial reports must be submitted.
If a campaign will receive contributions from anyone other than the candidate, a bank account is required. This may be an additional personal checking account—it does not have to be in the committee’s name. This separate account must contain only campaign income and expenditures.
In the event of death or incapacity of a candidate, the law requires that contributions to the campaign (after payments of debts) go to a designated organization(s). If the candidate is also the treasurer of the committee, a personal representative should be designated at this time (spouse is allowed).
See NCGS § 163-278.16B for complete list of "use of contributions." (http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/BySection/Chapter_163/GS_163-278.16B.pdf)