- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An unusual candidate filing period in North Carolina is about to end.

The State Board of Elections in Raleigh and local offices in all 100 counties will stop taking candidate notices at noon Monday.

The filing period began Dec. 1, almost two months before the period usually opens for elections in even-numbered years. The earlier start occurred because lawmakers decided they want to hold the presidential primary elections in mid-March. So they moved up the other expected May primaries to the same date to avoid confusion and encourage turnout.

North Carolina voters will cast ballots in 2016 for president, U.S. Senate, Congress, governor and other executive branch offices. They also will choose judges, district attorneys, members of the General Assembly and winners of scores of county offices.

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