NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE BILL 855
AN ACT RELATING TO THE ELECTION AND TERMS OF OFFICE OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HERTFORD COUNTY.
The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
Section 1. At the general election to be held in Hertford County in 1962 there shall be elected three county commissioners to succeed the commissioners whose terms expire in 1962, who shall serve for terms of two years each and until their successors are elected and qualified. At the general election to be held in said county in 1964 and quadrennially thereafter there shall be elected six county commissioners who shall serve for terms of four years each and until their successors are elected and qualified. In all said elections the candidates shall be elected by the electors of the county at large and by the voters of the entire county and there shall not be more than two candidates elected from any one township. If more than two candidates from any one township are voted for at said elections and receive sufficient votes for election, the two candidates from said township receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected.
Sec. 2. On or before December 1, 1961, the County Board of Elections of Hertford County shall call and hold an election on the question as to whether Section 1 of this Act shall become effective. At said election the electors of said county shall vote a ballot upon which shall be written or printed the words "FOR the election of county commissioners for four-year terms by the electors at large with not more than two commissioners from any one township" and "AGAINST the election of county commissioners for four‑year terms by the electors at large with not more than two commissioners from any one township".
If, at said election, a majority of the electors vote in favor of electing the county commissioners by the electors of the county at large and for terms and in the manner set out in Section 1 of this Act, then, and in such event, Section 1 of this Act shall become in full force and effect. Should a majority of the electors vote against the election of the county commissioners by the electors of the county at large and in the manner and for terms set out in Section 1 of this Act, then, and in such event, the commissioners shall be elected for terms and in the manner now provided by law in said county.
Sec. 3. All laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.
Sec. 4. This Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified, this the 6th day of June, 1961.