Municipal elections for Roanoke Rapids and Enfield will not be held until March 8, according to the Halifax County Board of Elections.
The delay is tied to Senate Bill 722.
That bill says elections involving municipalities in which representatives are elected by district are to be delayed until 2022.
The bill was enacted to give local governments time to review and revise electoral districts following the release of the 2020 United States Census data.
County Board of Elections Director Kristin Scott said today that neither Roanoke Rapids or Enfield officials thus far have indicated they plan to redistrict.
Because of the delay, the filing period for the two races will now begin on December 6 and run through December 17.
The filing period for those races had been slated to begin July 26 at noon and end August 13 at noon.
Up for re-election in Roanoke Rapids are Mayor Emery Doughtie and Suetta Scarbrough in District 1 and Wayne Smith in District 2.
Up for re-election in Enfield are Mayor Wayne Anderson and District A Commissioner Bobby Whitaker and District B Commissioner Kenneth Ward.
Meanwhile, elections for the following are set for November 2, Scott said:
Town of Halifax — Town mayor and town commissioners — five seats
Town of Hobgood — Town mayor and town commissioner — two seats
Town of Littleton — Town mayor and town commissioner — two seats
Town of Scotland Neck — Town mayor and town commissioner — two seats
Town of Weldon — Town mayor and town commissioners — three seats
Roanoke Rapids Graded School District — three seats
Roanoke Rapids Sanitary District — three seats
One-stop voting for these elections will be held at the Halifax County Cooperative Extension auditorium on Ferrell Lane in Halifax October 14 through October 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a Saturday one-stop day at the auditorium on October 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The polls for the November 2 election will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.