Court resumes candidate filing for US House, NC Senate and NC House

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 8:08 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) -Candidate filing for the U.S. House, N.C. House, and N.C. Senate resumed Tuesday, following a Monday evening reversal of an earlier order suspending filing for those offices.

The full North Carolina Court of Appeals Monday evening vacated the temporary stay issued earlier Monday by a three-judge panel of that court.

That stay had meant that candidates for U.S. House, N.C. House, and N.C. Senate could not file their candidacy paperwork on Monday.

One of the many people affected by the filing pause is NC House District 9 Republican candidate, Timothy Reeder. He woke up bright and early once he learned filing had resumed.

“It didn’t put a block on my schedule,” Reeder said. “This is an important office and I’m happy to dedicate the time to make sure the filing is there and accurate.”

Pitt County Director of Elections, Dave Davis, warns candidates could run into issues again. After the court of appeals makes its decision, the case could then be appealed to the North Carolina Supreme Court where filing could be paused again and elections could also be delayed.

“We’re functioning like it’s going to be March 8,” Davis said. “Everything is going to be on the ballot from the federal all the way down to Greenville and proceed like it says in the statutes until the courts rule differently.”

Candidates may file daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 16, and from 8 a.m. to noon on the last day of filing, December 17.

Filing for all other offices continued Monday without interruption.

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