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Jan 05

County Election Results

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 9:40 AM by Paige Worsham


County Election Results

303 County Commissioners were elected or re-elected to office on November 8, 2016. Here’s an overview of the general election results for County Commissioner races and local ballot initiatives. These figures are subject to change following appointments to fill vacancies.

107 new Commissioners were elected or appointed. At 18% of the total 583 seats, this number is down from the 2014 election, when 131 new Commissioners were elected.

Click here to see demographics information on the new Boards of County Commissioners.


Dare County Commissioner Beverly Boswell (District 6); Vance County Commissioner Terry Garrison (District 32); Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts (District 81); and Macon County Commissioner Kevin Corbin (District 120) won election to the N.C. House of Representatives. 

 6 Boards changed majority control:
  • Alleghany County (from Democrat to Republican)
  • Jackson County (from Democrat to Republican)
  • Montgomery County (from Republican to Democrat)
  • Nash County (from Democrat to Republican)
  • Perquimans County (from no majority control to Democrat)
  • Watauga County (from Republican to Democrat)

Local Referenda

Voters in 39 counties saw referenda on the general election ballot. A referendum to levy an additional quarter-cent local option sales & use tax (authorized under Article 46 of GS Chapter 105) appeared on the ballot in 14 counties. The ballot measure did not pass in any of the counties.

2016 Art. 46 Referenda

Voters in Wake County approved an additional half-cent local option sales & use tax, authorized under Article 43 and limited specifically for public transit purposes.

Voters in Onslow County voted to increase the size of the Board from 5 to 7 Commissioners, with two additional members to be elected in 2018.

Nov 2016 Bond Initiatives

2016 General Election Local Bond Initiatives

There were bond initiatives on the ballot in 10 counties and all passed. All local alcohol referenda on the ballot passed. Halifax County voters approved a supplemental school tax, while Gates County voters opposed a school construction tax.

Nov 2016 Alcohol Referenda

Voter Turnout

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2016 Voter Turnout