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Early voting has started and ends on Nov 3. Find your county's early voting sites and schedules. People can register to vote during early voting, but not on Election Day, Nov 6. Use the link to find out what you need to take with you to register. NO PHOTO ID IS NEEDED TO VOTE! To vote AGAINST all six constitutional amendments, you must mark your ballot "against." Take your family, friends, co-workers - make it a poll party, post a picture!

Many November 6 ballots will include county commissioners, and some will include city council. Find out if there's a county commissioner or city council election in your county by going to Vote411, entering your address, then clicking "on your ballot" and following prompts. If there is, you'll see links to candidate's campaign websites and their answers to several relevant questions. So what are we electing county commissioners to DO?

About half of NC residents live within city or town limits and elect a city council, while everyone lives in a county, which is governed by an elected board of county commissioners. These county boards vary in size from five to nine members, most of whom are elected for four-year terms, though a few counties use two-year or a two-four-year combination terms. Some counties use at-large elections, others use districts, a few use a combination of the two or another method. The board hires a professional county manager/administrator to oversee daily operations while it focuses on policy issues.

The major responsibilities of county commissioners include:

  • setting the county property tax rate
  • setting county policy not set by independent local boards or other elected county officials (eg, sheriff's office)
  • adopting the county budget

You can see the lines of authority among various county departments below. Tax, finance, and planning and zoning fall under the direct control of county commissioners.


NC Association of County Commissioners

What are some of the differences between city and county government functions?

Learn more:
County commission election info, with links to details about the makeup of county commissions (party, gender, race) now and over past decades.
Basics of NC county government
Basics of local government, city/county interaction
Find your county's website

These "close to home" races affect our daily lives, don't take them for granted! Learn about your candidates, share what you learn and VOTE!

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