New Law Effective October 1, 2021 for Candidate for the Office of Sheriff
The State Board of Elections is encouraging prospective candidates for the Office of Sheriff to complete mandatory forms verifying that they have no prior felony convictions or felony expungements.
The required forms are now available on the North Carolina Department of Justice website. Once completed, candidates for sheriff will obtain a disclosure statement, which is required for filing for office.
A new state law effective October 1, 2021, requires sheriff candidates and appointees to verify that they have no prior felony convictions or expungements of felony convictions. Under a new state law, a person is not eligible to serve as a sheriff in North Carolina if they have been convicted of a felony, even if they’ve completed their sentence or had the conviction expunged from their record. A person who receives an unconditional pardon of innocence for their felony may file for the office of sheriff or be appointed to that office. The law also removed the requirement that a candidate for sheriff be a resident of the county for at least a year before the general election.
Prospective candidates should start completing the forms at least a month before filing. Each candidate must fill out separate forms from the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission.
The sheriffs’ commission alone estimates 2 to 3 weeks for their form to be processed, so time is of the essence in completing these forms.
The person filing for sheriff must give the disclosure statement to their county board of elections when they file. The filing process is not complete until a person submits the disclosure statement. As part of the process for completing the disclosure statement, the Commission must conduct a criminal background check. The disclosure statement and supporting documentation will not be public records.
The disclosure statement is valid for filing for 90 days after issuance. Individuals intending to file for sheriff during the December 2021 filing period must submit the disclosure statement.
Candidate and Constituent Resources
Thinking about running for office, North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) website has all the information you need in one location.
Candidate’s Guides to Elections in North Carolina
North Carolina Board of Elections has released several guides to assist candidates in the election process. If you have any questions about the guides or being a candidate contact the Currituck County Board of Elections department.
Campaign Signage Regulations
- North Carolina (PDF)
- Currituck County Election and Sign Requirements (PDF) – Updated October 15, 2021
The Currituck County Developmental Services Department is soliciting your cooperation with the Unified Development Ordinance regulations as it pertains to Elections and Campaign Signs. Please be advised that under Chapter 5 of the Unified Development Ordinance the following regulations are in effect:
- One temporary sign may be placed on a property at any time provided the sign does not exceed eight square feet in area and four feet in height.
- Up to 3 additional temporary signs may be placed on a property for a period of 30 days prior to an election involving candidates or an issue on the ballot of an election. Such signs shall be removed within 10 days of the conclusion of the election. Each sign shall not exceed 8 square feet in area and 4 feet in height.
- One additional temporary sign may be placed on a property with road frontage greater than 160 feet and an additional temporary sign may be placed for each additional 100 feet of road frontage provided that each additional sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area and 10 feet in height and the signs maintain a minimum spacing of 50 feet.
- Signs should not be attached to any traffic sign, utility pole, or tree.
- Signs should not be located within the sight distance triangle or public right-of-way (without an approved NCDOT encroachment agreement)
- Signs or portions of signs designed to move by any means or give the appearance of movement in any manner (i.e. banners, inflatable signs or balloons, flags (except those exempted by this Ordinance), pennants, streamers, propellers, whirligigs, umbrellas with logos or commercial messages, and animated display boards) are prohibited.
- Currituck County School Sign Policy (PDF)
Campaign Finance Information
- Local Candidate’s Campaign Financial Reports
- Required North Carolina Campaign Reporting Forms
- Campaign Finance Manual (PDF)
- Candidate Committees
Updated: October 7, 2021