The Notice of Candidacy form provided by the State Board of Elections includes a statement that addresses whether the candidate has ever been convicted of a felony. Candidates are required by law to file a statement that answers the following question: “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” Candidates who answer “yes” to this question must provide the name of the offense, date of conviction, date of restoration of citizenship rights, and the county and state of conviction. Candidates must the Felony Disclosure Form, available on the State Board of Elections’ website (NCSBE.gov), for this purpose. It is a Class I felony for an individual to knowingly provide untrue information in response to this question.
A candidate is not required to disclose a felony conviction if the conviction was dismissed as a result of reversal on appeal or resulted in a pardon of innocence or expungement. A prior felony conviction does not preclude holding elective office if the candidate’s rights of citizenship have been restored.
The notice of candidacy is a public record in the office of the board of elections where the candidate files.
If a candidate fails to complete the felony disclosure statement, the board of elections that accepted the filing will notify the candidate of the omission, at which point the candidate has 48 hours to complete the statement. If a candidate does not complete the statement at the time of filing or within 48 hours after the notice, the individual's filing is not considered complete, the individual's name shall not appear on the ballot as a candidate, and votes for the individual shall not be counted. It is a Class I felony to complete the form knowing that information as to a felony conviction or the restoration of citizenship is untrue.