The State Board of Elections has links to all 1430 different sample ballots (also called “ballot styles”) in North Carolina’s 100 counties this fall at http://www.ncsbe.gov/downloads/SampleBallots/2012-11-06/
How do we get 1430 different ballots? : a combination of factors – (i) divided precincts in redistricting, (ii) city and county bond issues and referenda (iii) three cities and two sanitary districts electing officers, and (iv) county commissioner districts where only the residents of that district vote.
While 22 counties have just one ballot style (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Bertie, Caldwell, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Davie, Hertford, Jones, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Northampton, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Tyrrell, Watauga and Yadkin), there are two with over 100 (Guilford -121 and Wake -102). Even some smaller counties have a lot — Granville (44), Nash (54), Rockingham (40), Rowan (46), Vance (46) and Wayne (43)
Wake and Guilford’s totals were increased greatly because of local elections and bond referenda (see my post at http://ncbilldrafting.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/11-counties-9-towns-to-have-referenda-nov-6/ ) and because of divided precincts in redistricting.
oh — if you are an NC registered voter and want to see YOUR sample ballot go to
look up your registration and there will be a link to your sample ballot