Two North Carolina congressional seats are soon headed for special elections, but, at the present, they are being administered differently. In the 3rd CD, the death of Rep. Walter Jones (R-Farmville) means that Gov. Roy Cooper (D) will schedule the special election to fill the vacancy. Now that the State Board of Elections has ruled there will be a new election in the disputed 9th CD, it is they, the five-member panel, who will set the voting schedule for this latter situation and not Mr. Cooper.
The Governor has yet to issue his election order for District 3, and it is thought that the State Board members may wait until a schedule is set in that district before announcing the 9th District election calendar. Many believe they will unify the District 9 schedule with District 3. Therefore, we can expect to wait a bit longer before we know when the seats will be filled. It is likely the entire process in both places won’t be completed until sometime in June, accounting for the possibility of holding a secondary run-off election necessary if no candidate reaches 30% of the vote in an original primary.
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