Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory announced the dates of the special election to replace Congressman Mel Watt in North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. Watt resigned his Congressional seat Monday to become the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
If a primary election is necessary, it will be held during the regularly scheduled primary date of May 6, 2014. Should a runoff be needed, it will be held July 15, 2014. The election to fill the seat will be held November 4, 2014, the general election date for all of North Carolina.
Because of the various filing deadlines, ballot preparation time, state and federal calendar requirements for ballot access, voter registration deadlines and to avoid voter confusion, it was determined the most efficient process would be to roll the special election into the already established primary and general election dates.
Cost is another factor. A stand-alone primary, runoff primary and general election would cost taxpayers in excess of $1 million, according to the State Board of Elections.
Six counties have voters in the 12th Congressional District. They are Cabarrus, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Rowan.