New Law Could Delay Primary Runoff By 3 Weeks

If a leading candidate fails to get more than 40 percent of the vote in a North Carolina primary election race this May, when is the runoff?

It depends.

The runoff historically has been held seven weeks after the primary, which this year would be June 26. But a new state law designed to fulfill a federal mandate would delay all runoffs until July 17 should one be needed for a congressional primary.

State Board of Elections Director Gary Bartlett said Thursday three additional weeks would be needed to comply with requirements that North Carolina military personnel and other state residents living overseas are sent absentee ballots 45 days before the runoff.

The General Assembly approved the primary runoff date changes with little fanfare last year.

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  • by Obama on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:48 PM
    Most liberal politics. Bev is gone, now the rest of that hates America has to go!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM
    They would not have changed it, unless it means spending more of our tax dollars, wastefully. Come on WITN tells us how much extra this is going to cost us. Politicians don't do anything that does not cost more.

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