Stories in Election2024

A half dozen things to know about the 2024 Primary election

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
 With November still nine months away, most of us are probably not thinking about filling out our ballots right now. But next month's North Carolian primary elections will provide a test for a number of candidates and the first official opportunity for voters to weigh in. Here's a few things to know. Full story

Feb 9

Heikens elected to fill KDH Commissioner’s seat

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
By a vote of 3-1 at their Feb. 5 meeting, the Kill Devil Hills Commissioners selected Timothy Dillon Heikens to fill a vacant seat on the five-member board created when Mayor John Windley defeated Ben Sproul in the November 2023 election. Full story

Feb 6

Absentee voting for NC primary election begins Friday, Jan. 19

(North Carolina State Board of Elections) On Friday, Jan. 19, North Carolina’s 100 county boards of elections will begin sending absentee-by-mail ballots to registered voters who requested a ballot for the 2024… Full story

Jan 18

Absentee Ballot Request Portal Now Open for 2024 Presidential Primary

Any registered and eligible North Carolina voter may now request an absentee ballot for the 2024 primary election online through the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Portal, available at Full story

Jan 4

How to apply for slot on KDH Board of Commissioners 

Decision on who will fill open seat slated for Feb. 5
In Kill Devil Hills, there is still one piece of important business left over from the local elections in November. That’s the appointment of a new town commissioner to fill the vacancy created when Commissioner John Windley—whose term was not set to expire until 2025—defeated incumbent Ben Sproul in the mayor’s race last month. Full story

Dec 20

With candidate filing period over, more Dare County races on tap for 2024

By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice
Now that the 2024 candidate filing deadline is over and the smoke has cleared, there are some other competitive races that will be on the ballot for Dare County voters next year. Full story

Dec 18

KDH outlines process for picking new commissioner 

Selection to be made at Feb. 5, 2024 board meeting 
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Following her nomination by the Dare County Republican Party’s Executive Committee on Nov. 9, the Dare County Board of Commissioners appointed former Dare Board of Education Member Bea Basnight on Dec. 4 to fill the vacancy on the seven-member board left by the October death of Commissioner Jim Tobin. Full story

Dec 12

Couch, Woody will not seek re-election in 2024

Some early takeaways from the candidate filing period.
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

There’s still a week left before the filing deadline for candidates to run in the 2024 election cycle expires, but some interesting storylines have already emerged—including the retirement of several Dare County incumbents and the certainty that the county’s state senator will change. Full story

Dec 8

Morgan announces 2024 bid for Dare Board of Commissioners

Katie Morgan has filed to run as a Democrat in District 2 for the Dare Board of Commissioners next year, a seat currently held by Republican Bob Woodard. Full story

Dec 11

Michael Basnight wins seat on Manteo Board of Commissioners

By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice
After a relatively brief discussion and a decision to make the appointment that night, the Manteo Board of Commissioners selected Michael Basnight to fill a vacant seat on the board by a narrow 3-2 margin over Jason Borland at its Dec. 6 meeting. Full story

Dec 7

Basnight officially becomes Dare County Commissioner

By Mark Jurkowitz |  Outer Banks Voice
In a process that took about a minute, former Dare of Education Member Bea Basnight became the newest member of the Dare County Board of Commissioners during the opening moments of its Dec. 4 meeting—gaining the unanimous support of her new colleagues. Full story

Dec 4

Mary Ellon Ballance to run for Dare Commissioner

Dare County Board of Education Member Mary Ellon Balance issued this Nov. 21 release announcing her intention to run for the Dare County Board of Commissioners representing District 4 in the fall 2024 election. The current District 4 representative on the board is Danny Couch.  Full story

Nov 21