By Rob Morris on February 27, 2019
A special election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones will be held on July 9, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday.
“People in eastern North Carolina need a voice in Congress,” Cooper said. “We’re moving ahead so they can choose their new representative quickly.”
The winner will fill the remainder of the two-year term in the Third Congressional District, which includes all or parts of Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Pamlico, Carteret, Pitt, Craven, Onslow, Jones, Lenoir and Greene counties.
Jones, a Republican who served in the House of Representatives for 24 years, died Feb. 10. His current term runs through 2020.
Candidates should file notices of candidacy with the State Board of Elections between March 4 and March 8, 2019, a statement from the governor’s office said. To nominate candidates, a special primary election will be held on April 30, 2019. Absentee voting for the special primary election will begin on March 15, 2019.
Numerous candidates, most of them Republicans, have stated their intention to file for the seat, but so far none from Dare or Currituck counties. The Voice will provide a full list at the end of the filing period.
The special general election would take place July 9, unless a primary runoff is required. If a primary runoff occurs on July 9, the special general election would then be held on Sept. 10.
Absentee voting for the July 9 election will begin on May 24. If the Sept. 10 election date is needed, absentee voting will start on July 26, 2019.
Federal and state laws require the governor to schedule election dates to fill the vacant seat in the Third Congressional District. The State Board of Elections is responsible for scheduling a new election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District.
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