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CHAPTER 12 AN ACT TO INCORPORATE THE TOWN OF ERWIN IN HARNETT COUNTY SUBJECT TO AN ELECTION. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
(a) The Board of Elections of Harnett County shall, on Tuesday, May 2, 1967, conduct an election for the purpose of electing a Mayor and five Commissioners for the Town of Erwin. Such election shall be conducted within the area hereinafter described as the corporate limits of the Town of Erwin. On election day, the polls shall be open from 6:30 A. M. until 6:30 P. M. except as otherwise provided in this Section, such election shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of law applicable to county elections. (b) The registration book used for the special election on the question of incorporation shall be used for the election of officers for the Town, and no new registration shall be necessary; provided, however, that the registration book shall be open between the hours of 9:00 A. M. and 5:00 P. M. from Friday, April 14, 1967 through Friday, April 21, 1967, excluding Sunday, for the purpose of registering any qualified voters who are not then registered. On Saturday, April 15, 1967, the book shall be kept at the polling place. On other days during the registration period, it may be kept at the registrars home or place of business, or at the polling place, as designated in the notice hereinafter required. Saturday, April 22, 1967, shall be challenge day. (c) The registrar and judges of election, the polling place, and the place or places of registration for the election of Town officers shall be the same as those for the special election on the question of incorporation. (d) Any qualified voter who would offer himself as a candidate for Mayor or Commissioner in such election shall file with the Chairman or Clerk of the Board of Elections of Harnett County a written statement giving notice of his candidacy. Such notice shall be filed not earlier than Wednesday, April 5, 1967 and not later than 5:00 P. M. on Friday, April 14, 1967, and shall be substantially in the following form: T,._…..000000000000000…….. f do hereby give notice that I am a candidate for election to the office of sedge Nsusoaeel enna se 2 oon , Town of Erwin, to be voted on at the election to be held on May 2, 1967, and I hereby request that my name be placed on the official ballot for such office. I certify that I am a resident and qualified voter of the Town of Erwin, residing at (e) Not later than Friday, April 7, 1967, the Harnett County Board of Elections shall cause to be posted at the Erwin Post Office, at the Erwin Fire Station, and at such other public places as the Board may choose, a notice stating the time, the polling place, and the purpose of said election; the names of the registrar and judges of election; the dates, hours, and place or places of registration; the date and time for challenges; that electors who registered for the special election on the question of incorporation of the Town of Erwin need not register again for the election of Town officers; and that candidates for election to Town offices in said election must file with the Board notice of candidacy not later than 5:00 P. M. on Friday, April 14, 1967 The Board of Elections may, in its discretion, also cause such notice to be published one or more times in a newspaper having general circulation in the Erwin community. (f) In such election, each qualified registered voter shall be entitled to vote for one candidate for Mayor and for five candidates for Commissioner. The candidate for Mayor who receives the largest number of votes cast for Mayor shall be declared elected for a term of four years or until his successor is elected and qualifies. The three candidates for Commissioner who receive the largest numbers of votes cast for Commissioner shall be declared elected for terms of four years or until their successors are elected and qualify, and the two candidates for Commissioner who receive the next largest numbers of votes cast for Commissioner shall be declared elected for terms of two years or until their successors are elected and qualify. In case of a tie between opposing candidates, the Board of Elections shall determine the result by lot. (g) The Chairman of the Board of Elections shall notify the persons elected as Mayor and Commissioners, and shall designate some qualified officer to administer to them the oath of office, which shall be done as soon as practicable following their election.