**Important Changes for Candidate Filing**

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 apropriate 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 acknowledgements and administer oaths, in which case the candidate may mail or deliver by commericial courier service the candidate's notice of candidacy to the appropriate board of elections.

**New Candidacy Requirement for Sheriff**

Candidates for Sheriff
  • Effective 2021, candidates for sheriff may not file for candidacy if they have been convicted of a felony, even if the felony was expunged. Before filing, candidates must complete several forms and a disclosure statement verifying that they have had no prior felony convictions or expungements. Find the forms and additional information at Sheriffs' Training & Standards Division [NCDOJ]. A person who receives an unconditional pardon of innocence for their felony may file for the office of sheriff or be appointed to that office.
Candidates other than Sheriff
  • A candidate's prior felony conviction does not preclude holding elective office if the candidate's rights of citizenship have been restored. A felony conviction need not be disclosed if the convition was dismissed as a result of reversal on appeal or resulted in a pardon of innocence or expungement.

General Notice of Candidacy

New Electronic Filing Requirements

The North Carolina General Statutes for Campaign Finance was updated and electronic filing has become mandatory for all committees that raise or spend $10,000.00 or more in an election cycle. The Campaign Finance division of the State Board of Elections has created a document to assist candidates meeting this threshold. The document contains information pertaining to the new requirement, as well as an FAQ section.

Signage & Precinct Regulations

If violations regarding the placement or size of campaign signs are observed, contact the Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Inspections Division at (336) 727-2830.

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