County Elections

County Commissioners are elected in November of each even-numbered year. Commissioners are elected to either 2-year or 4-year terms. This varies by county.

County elections are held in conjunction with state and federal elections. To be eligible to serve as a county commissioner, you must reside in the county you wish to serve, be a registered voter and be at least 21 years of age. There are no other formal requirements, and there are no limitations on how many terms a commissioner can serve.

The typical county board in North Carolina consists of 5 or 7 commissioners, although some counties have as many as 11 and a few only have 3. Boards generally meet at least 2 times per month at the county courthouse or administrative building.

County Elections Methods
County Commissioners are elected either at large, by a district, a combination of the 2, or via a limited voting system. The following table shows the election method used by each county as well as the length of their terms of office. Read on...

County Election Results
Data on county-by-county elections demographics (race, gender and political party) for each county's Board of Commissioners is compiled bi-annually after each election. The data reflects the results immediately after the election and does not take into account any changes that may have occurred between elections due to deaths or resignations of sitting commissioners. Read on...

Makeup of County Boards by Decade
Historical data on the election results and demographics of County Commissioners have been recorded from 1974 to the most recent election.