Judge Louis A. Trosch, Jr. was appointed to serve in Superior Court, and so has vacated his District Court seat set to expire on December 31, 2020. In the election notice, all persons interested in the position were asked to submit their names for consideration. Although only one candidate, Donald Cureton, Jr., submitted a certification of eligibility to appear on the ballot, the 26th Judicial District Bar is required to conduct this election pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes Section 7A-142. Note: Pursuant to North Carolina Session Law 2018-14, the Judge Trosch vacancy is not a 26H seat in this election and remains a 26th Judicial District seat. The 26H seat in District Court does not go into effect until January 1, 2021.

Voting began on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 12 a.m. and ends on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. On the first day of the election period, an online voting system vendor, Simply Voting, sent all active MCB members a link and voting credentials (a unique username and password) to access an electronic ballot.  This information was sent to the e-mail address you have on file with the MCB. Please add to your safe senders list.

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.  The subject line will be “Judicial Vacancy: Trosch Seat,” and the sender will appear as “26th Judicial District - Mecklenburg County Bar” with the address

If the e-mail is not in any of your inboxes/spam filters, you do not have an e-mail address on file, or you otherwise require assistance, please contact MCB Director of Compliance, Ethics & HR Shannon Reid at or 704-375-8624. 

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 the district” 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.