County Election Methods

Updated November 2018
County Election Methods

County No. of Comms. Election Method Combined Description Terms of Office Mgr. Title Footnotes
Alamance 5 al
4S Manager
Alexander 5 al
4S Manager
Alleghany 5 al
4S Manager
Anson 7 d
4S Manager
Ashe 5 al
2/4S Manager
Avery 5 al
2/4S Manager
Beaufort 7 l
4S Manager 1
Bertie 5 dal
4S Manager
Bladen 9 m 6d; 3al; l 4S Manager 2
Brunswick 5 dal
4S Manager
Buncombe 7 cda 6d; 1al 4 Manager 3
Burke 5 al
4S Manager
Cabarrus 5 al
4S Manager
Caldwell 5 al
4S Manager
Camden 5 dal 3d; 2al 4S Manager
Carteret 7 dal
4S Manager
Caswell 7 cda 5d, 2al 4S Manager
Catawba 5 al
4S Manager
Chatham 5 dal
4S Manager
Cherokee 5 cda
4 Manager
Chowan 7 cda 6d; 1al 4S Manager 4
Clay 5 al
4 Manager
Cleveland 5 al
4S Manager
Columbus 7 d
4S Manager
Craven 7 d
4 Manager 5
Cumberland 7 cda 5d; 2al 4S Manager
Currituck 7 cdal 2al; 5dal 4S Manager
Dare 7 cda 6d; 1al 4S Manager
Davidson 7 al
4S Manager
Davie 5 al
4S Manager
Duplin 5 d
4S Manager
Durham 5 al
4 Manager
Edgecombe 7 d
4S Manager
Forsyth 7 cda 1al; 6d 4S Manager 6
Franklin 7 cda 2al; 5d 4S Manager
Gaston 7 dal
4S Manager
Gates 5 dal
4S Manager
Graham 5 al
4 Manager 7
Granville 7 d
4S Manager
Greene 5 al
4S Manager
Guilford 9 cda 8d; 1al 4S Manager
Halifax 6 cda 3d; 3al 4S Manager
Harnett 5 d
4S Manager
Haywood 5 al
4S Manager
Henderson 5 dal
4S Manager
Hertford 5 dal
4S Manager
Hoke 5 al
4S Manager
Hyde 5 dal
4S Manager
Iredell 5 al
2/4S Manager
Jackson 5 cda 4dal; 1 al 4S Manager 3
Johnston 7 dal
4S Manager
Jones 7
d

4 Manager 12
Lee 7 cda 3al; 4d 4S Manager
Lenoir 7 cda 2al; 5d 4S Manager
Lincoln 5 al
4S Manager
Macon 5 dal
4S Manager
Madison 5 al
4S Manager
Martin 5 l
4S Manager 8
McDowell 5 al
4S Manager
Mecklenburg 9 cda 3al; 6d 2 Manager
Mitchell 5 al
2/4S Manager
Montgomery 5 cda 2al; 3d 4S Manager
Moore 5 dal
4S Manager
Nash 7 d
4S Manager
New Hanover 5 al
4S Manager
Northampton 5 al
4S Manager
Onslow 7
al
4 Manager 11
Orange 7 cdal 2al; 5d 4S Manager
Pamlico 7 cdal 2al; 5d 4S Manager
Pasquotank 7 cdal 3al; 4d 4S Manager
Pender 5 dal
4S Manager
Perquimans 6 l
4S Manager 1
Person 5 al
4S Manager
Pitt 9 d
4S Manager 9
Polk 5 al
2/4S Manager
Randolph 5 dal
4S Manager
Richmond 7 al
4S Manager
Robeson 8 d
4S Manager
Rockingham 5 al
4S Manager
Rowan 5 al
4S Manager
Rutherford 5 dal
4S Manager
Sampson 5 d
4S Manager
Scotland 7 dal
4S Manager
Stanly 7 al
4S Manager
Stokes 5 al
4S Manager
Surry 5 dal l 4S Manager
Swain 5 al
4 Manager
3
Transylvania 5 al
4S Manager
Tyrrell 5 l/al
4S Manager 10
Union 5 al
4S Manager
Vance 7 d
4S Manager
Wake 7 dal
4S Manager
Warren 5 dal
4S Manager
Washington 5 cda 4d; 1al 4S Manager
Watauga 5 dal
2/4S Manager
Wayne 7 cda 1al; 6d 4 Manager
Wilkes 5 al
4S Manager
Wilson 7 d
4 Manager
Yadkin 5 al
2/4S Manager
Yancey 5 al
2/4S Manager
TABLE ABBREVIATIONS Election method and descriptions:
al = All commissioners nominated and elected at large (pure at large).
d = All commissioners nominated and elected by district (pure district).
dal = Residence in district required, but nominated and elected at-large.
l = Limited voting plan.
cda = Combination of pure district and pure at large seats.
cdal = Combination of pure at large seats with some seats requiring residency in districts, but still nominated/elected at large.
S = If S appears beside length of term, means not all seats are up for election in the same year. TABLE FOOTNOTES 1. Limited voting system. Candidates file as a group for open seats and voters may vote for only 1 candidate. Both primary and general election results are determined by plurality.
2. Six members elected to numbered seats from 3 2-member districts; 3 at-large members elected concurrently. Primary result is determined by plurality, with each voter limited to 1 vote.
3. Chair elected separately.
4. Six members elected to numbered seats from 3 2-member districts for staggered 4-year terms; at-large member elected for 4-year term.
5. Two members nominated and elected by district; 5 nominated by district and elected at large across the 5 remaining districts.
6. One 2-member district; 1 4-member district; 1 at-large member.
7. Member elected with highest number of votes serves as chair.
8. Limited voting plan. One 2-member district; 1 3-member district. Voters in 2 member district may vote for only 1 candidate. Voters in 3-member district may vote for 2 candidates.
9. Six single-member districts; 3 consolidated districts formed by combining single-member districts.
10. Commissioners are elected at-large with a limited voting plan. Primaries are conducted on a partisan basis, with the top vote-getters in each party moving to the general election.
11. Voters in Onslow County approved referendum in 2016 to add two Board seats, to be elected in 2018, increasing the Board from 5 to 7 members.
12. Effective in 2018, the Jones County board increased from 5 to 7 members, elected by district.