SB3 - Party Disclosure in 2018 Judicial Races
Senate Bill 3
conforms the rules for all judicial races to those for every other public office in the state. The measure clarifies that judicial candidates who switched their party registration within 90 days of filing for office may not appear on the ballot as members of either their previous party or the party to which they switched their affiliation.
This clarification became necessary after multiple judicial candidates across the state from both parties changed their party affiliation days or hours before filing to run for office. Under current law, this type of maneuvering is illegal for every office except judicial seats.
This bill simply aligns the rules for judicial elections to those for every other public office in North Carolina.