For those readers who, like me, like to see the proof of the matter, the Judge’s signed Order in the Kathy Falls lawsuit against the Cleveland County Board of Elections and entered into the Court Record down at the Courthouse has been obtained and is attached for your convenience.
Please note that I stand corrected that the last day of filing a petition by Kathy Falls or anybody else is September 27, 2017.
The critical dates in this matter are as follows:
1. Last day to file for elected office (other than by petition) is 12 noon August 1, 2017.
2. Last day to file by petition is September 27, 2017.
3. The Number of valid signatures on petition for county wide election is 4% of voters registered in Cleveland County (2,535).
The Cleveland County Board of Elections recommends those filing by petition turn in their petitions and signatures early so a quick verification can ensure the proper number of signatures can be verified, and if not, more signatures may be collected and turned in prior to September 27, 2017. Otherwise, if you turn in your petition at the last minute and enough signatures cannot be verified, your petition will be denied and you will not be eligible to run for office.
I predict the NC General Assembly will not lower the number of signatures required as previously contemplated as the Judges order has extended a candidates time to obtain enough signatures on their petition.