(a) Special Election.--If at any time after expiration of any Congress and before
another election, or if at any time after an election, there shall be a vacancy in
this State's representation in the House of Representatives of the United States Congress,
the Governor shall issue a writ of election, and by proclamation fix the date on which
an election to fill the vacancy shall be held in the appropriate congressional district.
(b) Nominating Procedures.--If a congressional vacancy occurs beginning on the tenth
day before the filing period ends under G.S. 163-106(c) preceding the next succeeding general election, candidates for the special election
to fill the vacancy shall not be nominated in primaries. Instead, nominations may be made by the political party congressional district executive
committees in the district in which the vacancy occurs. The chairman and secretary of each political party congressional district executive
committee nominating a candidate shall immediately certify his name and party affiliation
to the State Board so that it may be printed on the special election ballots.
If the congressional vacancy occurs before the tenth day before the filing period
ends under G.S. 163-106(c) prior to the next succeeding general election, the Governor shall call a special
primary for the purpose of nominating candidates to be voted on in a special election
called by the Governor in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this
section. Such a primary election shall be conducted in accordance with the general laws governing
primaries, except that the opening and closing dates for filing notices of candidacy
with the State Board shall be fixed by the Governor in his call for the special primary. The Governor may also fix the absentee voting period for the special election and
for the special first primary, but such period shall not be less than 30 days.
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