The Senate Select Committee on Elections will meet after session today to consider six bills that would change North Carolina elections.
Lawmakers reconvene in chambers at 4 p.m. and the committee will meet 30 minutes after the session ends in room 1027/1128 of the Legislative Building. The room does not record and broadcast audio, but the meeting is open to the public.
Here are the bills that will be discussed:
Senate Bill 253: This bill would change the election method of the Carteret County Board of Education from nonpartisan to partisan beginning in 2018.
SB 285: This bill would subdivide the city of Asheville into six electoral districts by Nov. 1 to govern the nomination and election of city council members.
SB 486: This bill would mandate that when voting hours are extended in one precinct in an election, voting hours have to be extended in every precinct in that same election. The bill states that the State Board of Elections, county board of elections or even a state court “is not authorized” to extend voting hours in one precinct unless voting hours are extended in every precinct.
SB 655: This bill would change the primary elections date in North Carolina from the Tuesday after the first Monday in May to the Tuesday after the first Monday in March. It would also change the time for filing a notice of candidacy from the first Monday in February to the first Monday in December and no later than noon on the third Friday of December.
SB 656: This bill would change the definition of a political party by reducing the number of signatures required for the formation of a new political party and for unaffiliated candidates to obtain ballot access eligibility.