According to the North Carolina Board of Elections website: "Notices of candidacy and filing fees must be in the possession of the appropriate board of elections at the time the filing period closes. Boards of elections are without discretion to extend the filing period or to accept notices of candidacies received after the close of the filing period regardless of the circumstances."
The elections director hopes prospective candidates will avoid the urge of waiting until a few minutes before the filing deadline to file. If candidates are in the office at noon on Feb. 26 but have yet to give Parker either the filing forms or the filing fees, she says she can not legally accept them.
She also stressed that the notice of candidacy and the filing fees must both be in her hand before the noon deadline, meaning last-minute filers would be wise to hand deliver their filing fees instead of mailing a check.
The notice of candidacy can not be mailed as it must be signed at the Board of Elections office at 231 E. Cronly Street in Laurinburg.
Anyone with questions about filing may call the Scotland County Board of Elections at 277-2595.
Also this week, Jennifer O’Donnell has filed to run for one of two Stewartsville District seats on the Scotland County Board of Education.
She is running against incumbents Chairman Jimmy Bennett and Calvin Newton, both of whom filed last week.
O'Donnell did not provide information to The Laurinburg Exchange.