Candidate Resources

New Law Effective October 1, 2021 for Candidate for the Office of Sheriff

The State Board of Elections is encouraging prospective candidates for the Office of Sheriff to complete mandatory forms verifying that they have no prior felony convictions or felony expungements.

The required forms are now available on the North Carolina Department of Justice website. Once completed, candidates for sheriff will obtain a disclosure statement, which is required for filing for office.

A new state law effective October 1, 2021, requires sheriff candidates and appointees to verify that they have no prior felony convictions or expungements of felony convictions. Under a new state law, a person is not eligible to serve as a sheriff in North Carolina if they have been convicted of a felony, even if they’ve completed their sentence or had the conviction expunged from their record. A person who receives an unconditional pardon of innocence for their felony may file for the office of sheriff or be appointed to that office. The law also removed the requirement that a candidate for sheriff be a resident of the county for at least a year before the general election.

Prospective candidates should start completing the forms at least a month before filing. Each candidate must fill out separate forms from the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission.

The sheriffs’ commission alone estimates 2 to 3 weeks for their form to be processed, so time is of the essence in completing these forms.

The person filing for sheriff must give the disclosure statement to their county board of elections when they file. The filing process is not complete until a person submits the disclosure statement. As part of the process for completing the disclosure statement, the Commission must conduct a criminal background check. The disclosure statement and supporting documentation will not be public records.

The disclosure statement is valid for filing for 90 days after issuance. Individuals intending to file for sheriff during the December 2021 filing period must submit the disclosure statement.

Candidate and Constituent Resources

Thinking about running for office, North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) website has all the information you need in one location.

Candidate’s Guides to Elections in North Carolina

North Carolina Board of Elections has released several guides to assist candidates in the election process. If you have any questions about the guides or being a candidate contact the Currituck County Board of Elections department.

Campaign Signage Regulations
  • North Carolina  (PDF)Currituck County Election and Sign Requirements (PDF)

    The Currituck County Developmental Services Department is soliciting your cooperation with the Unified Development Ordinance regulations as it pertains to Elections and Campaign Signs. Please be advised that under Chapter 5 of the Unified Development Ordinance the following regulations are in effect:

    1. One temporary sign may be placed on a property at any time provided the sign does not exceed eight square feet in area and four feet in height.
    2. Up to 3 additional temporary signs may be placed on a property for a period of 30 days prior to an election involving candidates or an issue on the ballot of an election. Such signs shall be removed within 10 days of the conclusion of the election. Each sign shall not exceed 8 square feet in area and 4 feet in height.
    3. One additional temporary sign may be placed on a property with road frontage greater than 160 feet and an additional temporary sign may be placed for each additional 100 feet of road frontage provided that each additional sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area and 10 feet in height and the signs maintain a minimum spacing of 50 feet.
    4. Signs should not be attached to any traffic sign, utility pole, or tree.
    5. Signs should not be located within the sight distance triangle or public right-of-way (without an approved NCDOT encroachment agreement)
    6. Signs or portions of signs designed to move by any means or give the appearance of movement in any manner (i.e. banners, inflatable signs or balloons, flags (except those exempted by this Ordinance), pennants, streamers, propellers, whirligigs, umbrellas with logos or commercial messages, and animated display boards) are prohibited.

    Please consult Chapter 5 of the Unified Development Ordinance for further guidance on signs or contact one of our Code Enforcement Officers with any questions at the information provided below.

  • Currituck County School Distribution and Display of Non-School Mater Policy 5210 (PDF)

    A. Display of Compliant Political Signs in the Right-of-Way During Designated Periods

    Any person may display compliant political signs in the right-of-way of the state highway system or in municipal street rights-of-way in accordance with the standards established in G.S. 136-32, even if such right-of-way constitutes school grounds. Compliant political signs may be displayed in such right-of-way from 30 days before the first day of “one-stop” early voting to 10 days after the primary or election day. School officials may remove and dispose of any political sign remaining in the right-of-way more than 40 days after the primary or election day. School officials shall observe any different rules established by applicable local ordinance for placement and removal of political signs on municipal street rights-of-way.

    School officials shall not remove any political sign lawfully placed except as provided in this section but may request the Department of Transportation to remove a sign that is not in compliance with G.S. 136-32.

    C. Distribution and Display by Non-Students

    1. Only school-sponsored and curriculum-related publications and materials may be distributed or displayed during
      the school day, on school grounds or at school activities. The term “school-sponsored or curriculum-related
      publications and materials” is defined in Section F.
    2. The superintendent is authorized to adopt any additional regulations deemed necessary to implement this policy.
    3. Nothing in this policy will be construed to create a public forum or a limited public forum that would allow nonstudents
      access to school property for the purpose of distributing or displaying non-school material.
Campaign Finance Information

Updated: October 18, 2021