2022 Primary and General Elections

Candidate Filing has been suspended.  The Primary has been moved from 3/8/22 to 5/17/22.

A new filing period will be announced at an undetermined time in the future.  Candidates that have already filed will remain filed for the 5/17/22 Primary.  

Call 828-894-8181 for information

Seats Available
  Polk County Commissioner (3)

Polk County Sheriff
Polk County Clerk of Superior Court
NC Senate District 48

NC House District 113
(To participate in a party primary you must have been registered with that party for 90 days at the time of filing)
(Unaffiliated candidates must complete signature petitions by March 8th, 2022 to be on the ballot for November)

Polk County Board of Education
(filing for the 2022 General Election)
Tryon, Columbus, Green Creek, Cooper Gap

 Current Filings 

Primary Candidates

School Board Candidates

Next Board of Elections Meetings:


Regular Board Meeting

January 6th, 4:00pm
In-person meetings

Womack Building, 1st Floor  EOC room
40 Courthouse St. Columbus NC


If Meetings are in-person, limited seating available

@ Board of Elections Office
                     Womack Building, 40 Courthouse St. Columbus NC 28722

30 Day Residency Notice:
You must be a resident of North Carolina and of Polk County at least 30 days prior to any Municipal, Primary, General Election or Presidential Election.


Campaign Finance Information


The Polk County Board of Elections is committed to conducting fair, honest, impartial and efficient elections so that all qualified citizens in Polk County may exercise their right to vote. The Elections Office is responsible for conducting all elections in Polk County, including municipal, county, state, and federal elections, as well as special referenda.

Services Include:

  • -Maintain Voter Registration Records
  • -Receive Candidate Filing for General Assembly and local candidates
  • -Campaign Finance office for local candidates/committees 
  • -Provide for Remote Absentee Voting
  • -Provide for Election Day Voting
  • -Report Election Day Results to Public and Authorities
  • -Evaluate and Improve Election Services
  • -Provide Election Reports and Statistical Information
  • -Provide Precinct Official Training and Educate Election Day Officials

Other Community Services Include:

  • -Provide voter and precinct information to public
  • -Provide registration materials and advice for community registration drives
  • -Visit community groups for voter/election education

NC State Board of Elections Web site = http://www.ncsbe.gov/


The following are the Board Members for 2019-2021:
Chair Sharon Goettert,  Member Renee McDermott, Member Dr. Warren Carson, Member Keith Holbert, and Secretary Scott Woodworth

Contact Information

Cliff Marr
Director of Elections

Board of Elections Address (Physical and Mailing)
40 Courthouse St.
Columbus, NC 28722
PO Box 253
8:30 am -5:00 PM Mon-Fri