Judicial Vacancy, Voting, and Candidates
The 26th Judicial District Bar requested all active Bar members, as reflected on the official records of the North Carolina State Bar, take notice that Judge Ronald L. Chapman will be vacating his District Court seat effective June 25, 2019. Judge Chapman’s District Court term was set to expire on December 31, 2020 and will be filled through the process set forth in North Carolina General Statutes Section 7A-142. This law requires, in part, that the judicial district bar submits the names of five nominees for each vacant seat to the Governor for consideration. Even if the district bar does not have five candidates, the MCB is still required to conduct the election. Note: N.C.G.S. Section 7A-133 (as amended by Session Law 2018-14) divides the district courts of the 26th Judicial District into sub-districts but does not impact the vacancy at this time. Upon expiration of the vacancy, the individual appointed to this vacancy can only seek reelection for a seat in the sub-district in which he or she resides.
The voting period is Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8 a.m. through Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 5 p.m. On the first day of voting, an online ballot vendor, Simply Voting, sent you a link to access the ballot, along with your elector ID and password. The alias for the sender was “26th Judicial District - Mecklenburg County Bar” and the subject line was “Judicial Vacancy: Chapman Seat”.
If you are unable to locate the e-mail from Simply Voting, please first check all inboxes you may have on file with the MCB and the spam filters for those inboxes. If the e-mail is not in any of your inboxes/spam filters or you otherwise require assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have Internet access, computers will be available throughout the voting period at the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center, located at 2850 Zebulon Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Please note that, pursuant to an amendment to N.C.G.S. 7A-142 in 2013, only those bar members who reside in Mecklenburg County are eligible to vote in this election. Therefore, the ballot requires verification of residency and an acknowledgment that misrepresentation as to residency is a violation of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct. If you do not reside in Mecklenburg County, you are not an eligible voter.
John R. Anderson