Election filing in North Carolina will begin on Monday, Feb. 10 and run through Friday, Feb. 28, according to the Ashe County Board of Elections.
“(Potential candidates) just come in here and fill out the paperwork,” said Devon Houck, deputy director of the Ashe Board of Elections. “We give them the guidelines and just go from there.”
In the county, there are three commissioner seats open, as well as the Clerk of Court, Register of Deeds and the Ashe County Sheriff.
There are additional positions for N.C. House, N.C. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Houck said county residents interested in those positions can file in Ashe County, but will have to do additional filings with the state board in Raleigh.
Houck said applicants will have to pay a filing fee, which is 1 percent of the position’s annual base salary. Therefore, each position will cost applicants a different amount.
According to the N.C. Board of Elections website, it will cost $1,740 to file for U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative and $207 to file for N.C. Senate and N.C. House.
“They can print the filing paperwork through the state Board of Elections website,” she said.
Applicants will have to go to the county office to fill out the notice of candidacy, though. Houck said the process is easier when applicants talk to them and do the process at the Board of Elections building, located inside the Ashe County Courthouse.
“We have to make sure (applicants) are a registered voter in the county and have them sign that,” Houck said.
Alongside, helping applicants through the process, the Board will also discuss how candidates need to handle campaign financing, bank accounts and other items involved with running a campaign.
This year, the primary elections will take place on Tuesday, May 6. The main elections will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
According to the N.C. Board website, early voting for primaries will take place from April 24 through May 3. For the general election, early voting will run from Oct. 23 through Nov. 1.
For questions about how to file or for more information, those interested are encouraged to call the Ashe County Board of Elections at 336-846-5570.
Wil Petty can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @Wilpetty