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things to remember about the second primary on may 12, 2020

A second primary will be held for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, where no candidate received the 30 percent of votes required to avoid the possibility of a runoff.

The second primary will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in the 17 western North Carolina counties that make up the 11th Congressional District.

Under § 163-111, the candidate who receives the second-highest vote total in a primary contest may demand a second primary if no candidate receives more than 30 percent of the votes cast for all candidates in that contest.

Madison Cawthorn, who finished second according to unofficial results, requested a second primary against top vote-getter Lynda Bennett.

The second primary will be held in the following counties: Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey.

No other second primaries will be held in North Carolina in 2020.

Eligible Voters: All registered Republicans who live in the 11th Congressional District may vote in the second primary; they did not have to vote in the first primary to be eligible to vote in the second primary.

Also eligible are unaffiliated voters who live in the 11th Congressional District who either didn’t vote in the March primary, or who voted a Republican ballot in the primary. Unaffiliated voters who voted a nonpartisan, Democratic, or Libertarian ballot in the first primary may not participate in the second primary.

Early Voting: The early voting period for the May 12, 2020 second primary begins Thursday, April 23, 2020 and ends Saturday, May 9, 2020. County boards of elections are not required to use the same early voting plan for the second primary as they did for the first primary.

Under state law, voter registration is not permitted between the first and second primaries. This means same-day registration is not permitted during early voting for the second primary. Voters may make name and address changes during the early voting period but may not change their party affiliation.

Absentee Ballots: Any voter eligible to vote in thesecond primary who indicated on that voter’s absentee application for the firstprimary that he or she would like to request an absentee ballot for the secondprimary will automatically be sent an absentee ballot for the second primary.All other eligible voters may request an absentee ballot by May 5, 2020.


Sample Ballots

Second Primary Ballot (coming soon)

Election results!!


Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the Novmeber 3, 2020, general election!!

One-stop Early Voting will take place at the Board of Elections Office located at 40 Peachtree Street Murphy, NC. Notice that there will only be on Saturday available for voting. (Sat May 9)

Dates and Times

February 13 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 14 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 17 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 18 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 19 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 20 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 21 - 10:00 am  - 7:30 pm (Due to weather)

February 24 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 25 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 26 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 27 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 28 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

February 29 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cherokee County

Board of Elections


  • Gary Kilpatrick, Chairman
  • Eddie Adams, Secretary
  • Pat Ackerman, Board Member
  • Sandy Solesbee, Board Member
  • Craig Allen, Board Member

The Board of Elections now consists of five members. Three Democrats and two republicans each elected to a two year term.


The goal of the Cherokee County Board of Elections is to provide lawful, efficient, and timely execution of all elections. Our objective is to strive toward a progressive election process that meets every measure of the law as well as the demands of the 21st Century. We aim to provide fair elections for the Federal Government, the State of North Carolina, and Cherokee County. For more information on local and State Elections please visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.

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The Board of Elections holds it’s regular monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm in the Board of Elections office. 40 Peachtreee Street Murphy NC.

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