New election dates announced to fill Congressman Walter B. Jones' NC District 3 Congressional Seat

    Governor Roy Cooper announced new election dates to fill the seat in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District, which has been vacant since Congressman Walter Jones, Jr. passed away in February. Gov. Cooper issued a writ of election and proclamation directing that a special general election to elect a representative to serve out the remainder of the current two-year term for the Third Congressional District that is to be held on July 9, 2019.


    Candidates seeking to fill the seat should file notices of candidacy with the State Board of Elections between March 4 and March 8. To nominate candidates, a special primary election will be held on April 30. Absentee voting for the special primary election will begin on March 15.

    The special general election would take place July 9, unless a primary runoff is required. If a primary runoff occurs on July 9, the special general election would then be held on September 10.

    Absentee voting for the July 9 election will begin on May 24. If the September 10 election date is needed, absentee voting will start on July 26.

    Election Schedule


    April 30th, 2019 Primary Election (Absentee voting begins March 15th)


    June 9th, 2019 General or Second Primary (Absentee voting begins May 24th)


    September 10th, 2019 – General (if 7/9 is second primary – Absentee voting will begin July 26th)