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Swain County Board of Elections

Election Terms

Municipal Election: An election held for towns, cities or other special districts. Only residents of these municipalities and districts are eligible to vote in these elections. These elections are held in odd-numbered years.

General Election: A General Election is defined as a partisan election in which candidates are elected. All registered voters are eligible to vote in a general election. General elections are held in even-numbered years.

General elections are held for the following offices: U.S. President / Vice President* U.S. House Of Representatives (Congress) North Carolina State House and State Senate officials County Officials (e.g., County Commissioners) Municipal Officials (e.g., mayor, council members).

School Board General elections also may include bond proposals and referenda. * Four-year general elections (based on presidential election year).

Municipal officials will be elected in 1999 general elections and every two years thereafter. Registered voters may vote for candidates in either party, regardless of their declared party affiliation.

Primary Election: A Primary is defined as an election which nominates candidates to the ballot for the General Election. The nominees of each party are then placed on the ballot for general election. Primary elections are held in even numbered years prior to the general election.

A Primary Election is held to nominate a candidate to represent a political party in the General Election.

Registered voters may vote ONLY in the primary election of their declared party. If a voter is registered as "unaffiliated", he/she may vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary election. Political Party An organization of voters which supports a political view, and is recognized by the State Board of Elections.

Non-Partisan: An election where candidates do not run as a nominee of a political party. Judicial elections are non-partisan as well as most municipal elections.

Partisan: An election where the candidates must be a nominee of a recognized political party or otherwise qualify.

Unaffiliated: Choice to not register with a political party.

Absentee Voting: Voting by mail or One-Stop prior to Election Day.

One-Stop Voting: Voting in a time frame, in person, prior to Election Day.

Near Relative: By election law, spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, stepchild, in-law (father, mother, son or daughter).

Swain County Board of Elections


Board of Elections
Hannah Smith

MaryK Buranosky

Jim Nations

Jeramy Shuler

Linda Sawyer

Board of Elections Office
1422 US Hwy 19 South
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address:
PO Box 133
Bryson City, NC 28713

Judy Allman
Anna Fuller
Deputy Director
Phone 828-488-6177
Fax 828-488-6463

Office Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday