Cherokee County

Board of Elections


  • Gary Kilpatrick, Chairman
  • Charles Hoesch, Board Member
  • Shelley Debty, Board Member
  • Sandy Solesbee, Board Member
  • Craig Allen, Secretary

The Board of Elections now consists of five members. Three Democrats and two republicans each elected to a two year term.


The goal of the Cherokee County Board of Elections is to provide lawful, efficient, and timely execution of all elections. Our objective is to strive toward a progressive election process that meets every measure of the law as well as the demands of the 21st Century. We aim to provide fair elections for the Federal Government, the State of North Carolina, and Cherokee County. For more information on local and State Elections please visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.



The Board of Elections holds it’s regular monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm in the Board of Elections office. 40 Peachtreee Street Murphy NC. If you would like to be put on the agenda for a meeting please call our office at 828-837-6670. 


Absentee Meetings: Absentee Meetings for the upcoming primary election will be held at the Board of Elections office at 40 Peachtree St. (Meeting Time TBA)

Tuesday April 12

Tuesday April 19

Tuesday April 26

Tuesday May 3

Tuesday May 10

Monday May 16

As always all Board Meetings are open to the public!

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Democratic Sample Ballot

Remember that in a primary election you have to vote the party that you are registered. If you are registered unaffiliated you will be asked to choose either the democratic or the republican ballot when you present to vote. 

 State Board Randomly Determines Ballot Order for 2022 Elections

        Raleigh, N.C. — With a drawing and a coin flip, the State Board of Elections on Friday, March 4, randomly determined the order of candidates on the ballot for the 2022 primary and general elections in North Carolina.

The 2022 candidate filing period ended at noon Friday. Lists of candidates may be found on the State Board website: Candidate Lists.

Pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 163-165.6(c), Per the State Board is required to randomly determine the order of candidates on the ballot. The order was determined by selecting a ball out of a bingo machine, with the letter on the ball corresponding with the first letter of the candidate’s last name.

Candidates whose last names begin with the letter “C” will appear first in contests in the primary and general elections. A subsequent coin flip determined that additional candidates will follow in alphabetical order as follows: C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, A, B.

This ballot order drawing applies to all 2022 primary and general election contests except for municipal contests. Candidates for municipal office are listed in strict alphabetical order beginning with A, according to state law.

The ballot order selection process was streamed on Facebook Live and is available on the State Board’s Facebook page.

The 2022 primary election is May 17. The general election is November 8.







Dates to Remeber:

March 28, 2022: The date by which the boards of elections must make available absentee ballots, barring any action by the State Board or the courts to postpone that date. 

April 22, 2022: Civilian voter registration deadline for the 2022 statewide primary. 

April 28, 2022: One-stop, in-person early voting period begins for the 2022 statewide primary. 

May 10, 2022: Deadline for civilians to submit an absentee ballot request form for the 2022 statewide primary.

May 14, 2022: One-stop in-person early voting ends at 3 p.m. for the 2022 statewide primary. 

May 17, 2022: Election Day for the 2022 statewide primary and civilian absentee return deadline. 


APRIL 28 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

APRIL 29 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 2 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 3 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 4 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 5 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 6 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 9 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 10 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 11 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 12 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

MAY 13 - 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

SATURDAY MAY 14 - 8 AM - 3 PM!!

Location: Cherokee County Board of Elections. 40 Peachtree St. Murphy, NC 28906