How much it costs to get on the ballot in Charlotte

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Have visions of sitting in the Char-Meck Government Center, banging a gavel at commissioners meetings or appearing at ribbon cuttings as mayor?

That political access is going to cost you. At least a nominal fee.

Filing for the November elections officially started on Monday. This is when candidates submit their paperwork and pay a filing fee, which typically is about 1% of the office’s annual salary.

Want to play? This is what you gotta pay – at least to get on the ballot in Mecklenburg County:

Mayor of Charlotte: $235

Charlotte City Council At-Large: $182

Meck School Board: $60

A bit pricey for your wallet? Head to the burbs:

Mayor of Matthews: $25

Matthews Board of Commissioners: $10

Mayor of Mint Hill: $50

Mint Hill Board of Commissioners: $25

Still too high? Head to the lake:

Mayor of Cornelius: $12

Cornelius Board of Commissioners: $5

Mayor of Huntersville: $10

Huntersville Board of Commissioners: $5

And the deal of the day …

Mayor of Pineville: $6!

Of course, if you’re super cheap, wait until next year. You can file for U.S. president … for free! You just need 10,000 signatures from registered voters within your political party.


jenpic5Jen Rothacker once ran for homecoming queen in high school. She didn’t spend a cent. And she lost.

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