North Carolina holds elections for seats in the General Assembly and in the Senate in each even-numbered year. Elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. After they are elected, these legislators' terms begin on Jan. 1 of the following year.
Elections for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of labor and commissioner of insurance are held every four years. Elections for all other state officers whose lengths of term are not specified by law are held every two years. Terms for county commissioners begin on the first Monday in December after elections.