Candidate filing for 2022 primary to resume in mid-February

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Kyshema Dawson walks in Teachers Memorial School Tuesday, Nov. 3 2020 to vote on Election Day. [Kinston Free Press file photo]
Kyshema Dawson walks in Teachers Memorial School Tuesday, Nov. 3 2020 to vote on Election Day. [Kinston Free Press file photo]

People wishing to file as candidates for the 2022 primary elections will have to wait until next month to do so.

Lenoir County Board of Elections Director Steve Hines said the filing will resume on Feb. 24 at 8:30 a.m. and will end March 4 at noon.

The North Carolina Supreme Court suspended filings for all public office on Dec. 8 over allegations of gerrymandering of congressional districts. On Tuesday, the Free Press reported a North Carolina judicial panel refused to throw out redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, rejecting arguments that the lines were illegally politically stacked for the GOP.

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The unanimous decision by the three trial judges, which followed a quick trial last week, will be appealed by the advocacy groups and voters – some backed by a national Democratic group – who challenged the new congressional and legislative lines in court, the AP reported.

Hines said he got the news late on Tuesday that filings would restart. He said one of the biggest problems his office faces is the starting and stopping of the filings. It can have a confusing effect on both candidates and voters. He said it is quite possible that the N.C. Supreme Court could halt the filings before February. The March date that was pushed forward for the primary election remains May 17 for now.

“What you read today may change tomorrow,” Hines said.

Mary Alphin, Lenoir County Superior Court assistant clerk filed the last available day for clerk on Dec. 8, as did Jonathan Britt, who filed for Lenoir County Board of Education District 05.

The LBOE is located at 110-C South Herritage St. and questions can be answered by calling 252-523-0636.

This article originally appeared on Kinston/Jones Free Press: Candidate filing for 2022 to resume in mid-February in Lenoir county

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