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. 


As always all Board Meetings are open to the public!

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Dates to Remember:

April 7, 2023 - State Holiday - Good Friday

May 29, 2023 - State Holiday - Memorial Day

July 4, 2023 - State Holiday - 4th of July

July 7, 2023 - Candidate Filing begins for Municipal Election

July 21, 2023 - Candidate Filing Ends

August 4, 2023 - Deadline for Candidate Challenges

September 4, 2023 - State Holiday - Labor Day

October 18, 2023 - Voter Registration Deadline for Municipal Election

November 7, 2023 - Election Day

November 10, 2023 - State Holiday - Veterans Day

November 17, 2023 - County Canvass

November 23, 2023- State Holiday - Thanksgiving

November 24, 2023 - State Holiday - Thanksgiving

December 4, 2023 - Candidate Filing Begins (noon) - Statewide General Elections

December 15, 2023 - Candidate Filing Ends (noon)

December 25-27 - State Holiday - Christmas

March 5, 2024 Primary Election

Voter ID

Current Status: Photo ID Required for Voting

On April 28, 2023, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed an injunction against implementation of photo ID legislation. As a result, photo ID laws enacted in 2018 and 2019 will be implemented moving forward, starting with the municipal elections in September, October, and November 2023.

The State Board is working with the 100 county boards of elections to ensure a smooth rollout of the photo ID requirement. This includes informing voters about the change and the acceptable forms of identification for voting, ensuring any voter without an ID can get one, training the county boards on implementation measures, updating forms and envelopes for absentee voting, creating and printing new signage for polling places, and many other efforts.