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RALEIGH — After a ruling by a three-judge panel in Wake County Superior Court on Monday, the State Board of Elections is now accepting filings for candidates for North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts in 2020. As with all other contests, the congressional filing period will end at noon on Friday, Dec. 20.

Congressional candidates will file their Notice of Candidacy at the State Board of Elections. Filing began at noon Monday for other 2020 contests in North Carolina.

In Harper v. Lewis, a three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court previously postponed filing for congressional districts only. The panel Monday lifted its injunction and ruled that North Carolina’s 2020 congressional elections would take place under maps approved by the N.C. General Assembly in mid-November.

A congressional district lookup tool is available on the General Assembly’s website.

The 2020 primary elections, including congressional elections, will be held March 3. The general election is Nov.

Prior to filing, candidates should review the “Candidate Filing” page on the State Board’s website for information such as candidacy requirements, filing fees and more. Filing fees must be paid by check. Cash and credit cards are not accepted.

Except for the first and last days of filing, candidates may file at the State Board of Elections from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Once filed, the deadline to withdraw a notice of candidacy is Dec. 17.

The State Board office is located on the third floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. All visitors must show identification at the front desk and pass through a metal detector upon entering the building.