RALEIGH — The special general election will be July 9 to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat that has been vacant since the Feb. 10 death of Congressman Walter B. Jones.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s office announced Wednesday that he issued a writ of election and proclamation directing the special general election take place to elect a representative to serve out the remainder of the current two-year term.
“People in eastern North Carolina need a voice in Congress,” Cooper said in a statement. “We’re moving ahead so they can choose their new representative quickly.”
Those looking to run for this seat should file notices of candidacy with the State Board of Elections between March 4-8. To nominate candidates, a special primary election will be April 30. Absentee voting for the special primary election will begin March 15.
The special general election is set for July 9, unless a primary runoff is required. If a primary runoff occurs, the special general election would then be held Sept. 10. Absentee voting for the July 9 election will begin May 24. If the Sept. 10 election date is needed, absentee voting will start on July 26.
Federal and state laws require the governor to schedule election dates to fill the vacant seat in the Third Congressional District, according to the release. The State Board of Elections is responsible for scheduling a new election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District.