Information for Candidates and Committees
Candidate Campaign Committee Information
If you are interested in running for office, please read through the following.
Anyone wishing to run for an office must submit paperwork to open a Campaign Committee within 10 days of the following:
- you spend or receive money in support of your candidacy, or
- you file for office (during the candidate filing period)
The following information may be helpful in starting a campaign committee:
- General Candidate Requirements - State Board of Elections website
- County Local Office Requirements - Catawba County and Municipal Offices
- Filing for Office - Information on organizing a Campaign Committee
- Campaign Finance Reporting - Information and basic rules on Campaign Finance reporting, reporting calendar, search reports filed with Catawba County
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) - Frequently asked questions about campaign committees
- Electioneering and Signs - Information on electioneering and use of political signs
- Campaign signs in right-of-way are allowed beginning 30 days before the first day of Early Voting. NCGS § 136-32(b)
- Signs must be removed from right-of-way by the 10th day after the primary or election day
- Campaign Finance Guide
- NCSBE Candidate Information
- State Board Treasurer Training Information
Partisan Elections and Candidate Party Affiliation
If you plan to run for a partisan office and are considering changing your party, the deadline to make the change is 90 days before filing.
Running for office...
1. Create Campaign Committee
|What is this? Every candidate must create a Campaign Committee that tracks the flow of money.|
|When: Must organize a committee within 10 days of receiving or spending money for the campaign|
or within 10 days of filing for office.
What must be done: File the committee paperwork with the Board of Elections
If the office being sought extends into multiple counties, you must organize with the State Board of Elections.
Things to consider:
2. File for Office
|What is this? The official act of becoming a candidate and getting your name on the ballot.|
|When: Only during the posted filing period.|
|Fee: The posted filing fee (if over $50, it cannot be cash. Check only. Cards not accepted.)|
|What must be done: Apply in person or submit a notarized Notice of Candidacy to the appropriate BOE office.|
If the office being sought extends into multiple counties, you must file with the State Board of Elections
(exception: municipal candidates file at the county office in which they live).
Things to consider:
Withdrawal of Notice of Candidacy
Any person who has filed notice of candidacy for an office shall have the right to withdraw it at any time prior to
Note: This form only takes your name off the ballot. It does not close your campaign committee.
The Board of Elections staff will assist you in explaining each step of the process, if needed.