North Carolina Two Term Limit for Governor and Lieutenant Governor Amendment (2018)

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North Carolina Two Term Limit for Governor and Lieutenant Governor Amendment
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Election date
November 6, 2018
State executive official measures and Term limits
Not on the ballot
Constitutional amendment
State legislature

The North Carolina Two Term Limit for Governor and Lieutenant Governor Amendment was not on the ballot in North Carolina as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018.

The measure would have changed the term limit for governors and lieutenant governors from two consecutive terms to two total terms in the same office.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot title

The ballot title would have been as follows:[1]

[   ] For

[   ] Against

Constitutional amendment providing that no person may serve more than two terms as the Governor or as the Lieutenant Governor, applicable to all current and prior Governors and Lieutenant Governors.[2]

Constitutional changes

See also: Article III, North Carolina Constitution

The measure would have amended Section 2 of Article III of the North Carolina Constitution. The following underlined text would have been added, and struck-through text would have been deleted:[1]

Governor and Lieutenant Governor: Election, Term, and Qualifications

(1) Election and term. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State in 1972 and every four years thereafter, at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected. Their term of office shall be four years and shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified.

(2) Qualifications. No person shall be eligible for election to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor unless, at the time of his election, he the person shall have attained the age of 30 years and shall have been a citizen of the United States for five years and a resident of this State for two years immediately preceding his election. No person elected to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor shall be eligible for election to be elected Governor or Lieutenant Governor to more than two consecutive terms of twice to the same office.[2]



The following elected officials sponsored the amendment in the state legislature:[3]


  • Rep. Bert Jones (R-65), the amendment's primary legislative sponsor, said, "It’s just a policy decision. We’re the ninth-largest state in the country. We’ve got a lot of qualified people to serve as governor."[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the North Carolina Constitution

In North Carolina, a constitutional amendment must be passed by a 60 percent vote in each house of the state legislature during one legislative session.

The amendment was introduced into the legislature as House Bill 105 on February 14, 2017. The North Carolina House of Representatives approved the amendment, 85 to 34 with one member absent, on April 25, 2017.[3] The amendment did not come up for a vote in the state Senate.

House vote

April 25, 2017[3]

North Carolina HB 105 House Vote
Approveda Yes 85 71.43%
Partisan breakdown of House votes
Party Affiliation Yes No Excused Total
Democrat 11 34 1 46
Republican 74 0 0 74
Total 85 34 1 120

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 General Assembly of North Carolina, "House Bill 105," accessed April 25, 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributable to the original source. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "quotedisclaimer" defined multiple times with different content
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 General Assembly of North Carolina, "HB 105 History," accessed April 25, 2017
  4. WRAL, "Lifetime limits for governor, lieutenant governor proposed," March 29, 2017