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Elections

This section is added to profiles about state-specific offices. This includes articles like Governor of Texas or Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.

This section features:

  • when the state officer can be elected. For example, most elected governors are elected every two years. Some states require that governors be elected in midterm elections (even years that are not Presidential election years).
  • list the last few years a gubernatorial election was held. If a page has been created on Ballotpedia to track the election, then remember to wiki-link to the appropriate pages.
  • if available, list the state law for inaugurations.
  • A sub-section for "term limits." This section should note if a term limit does or does not exist in the state for that particular office.
  • Sub-sections for recent elections, including an overview sentence and election results box.
  • An election history section, including overview sentences and election result boxes for previous elections.

Installation

==Elections==
STATE elects OFFICER in (midterm) elections. Further specify what that means. If it's midterm elections,
then they are elected during even years that are not Presidential election years, etc. 
For the state of STATE, OFFICENAME election years included: (list election years here). 

According to state law, the inauguration always takes place the 
(e.g. first Monday after the second Tuesday in January). 

====2012====
:''See also: [[ELECTION PAGE]]''

[[Incumbent]] (Party) did/did not run for re-election. [[Winner]] (Party) defeated [[challenger]] (Party) in the [[State executive official elections, YEAR|DATE general election]].
{{ELECTION BOX TEMPLATE}}

====Term limits====

If a term limit exists in the state, then list details here. 
If not, then make not that the state does not have term limits for that particular office.

Example

Below is an example of how this section would appear in an article. See also: Governor of North Carolina.

Elections

North Carolina elects governors in the Presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For North Carolina, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first day in the January following an election. Thus, January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2017 are inaugural days.

2012

See also: North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012

Bev Perdue (D) did not run for re-election. Pat McCrory (R) defeated Walter Dalton (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Walter Dalton 43.2% 1,931,580
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat McCrory 54.6% 2,440,707
     Libertarian Barbara Howe 2.1% 94,652
     Write-in Various 0% 1,356
Total Votes 4,468,295
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.


Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

North Carolina governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.

North Carolina Constitution, Article III, Section 2, Paragraph 2

No person elected to the office of Governor ... shall be eligible for election to more than two consecutive terms of the same office.

Election History

Election histories are added to state office profiles to show results going back to a certain date. Our latest project for historical election coverage aims to provide results dating back to 2000 within a collapsed section. For this we can use templates that already exist (see above templates) and/or the election history box template which automatically produces a summarizing sentence above the election box.

Installation

===Full History===
{{SEO Collapsible history
|Office =
|earliest year =
|Content =
<big>'''YEAR'''</big>

{{SEO election history box
|date = 
|pronoun = 
|new =
|year = 
|Office= 
|party1= 
|winner1 = 
|losers = 
|votes1 = 
|Inc1 = 
|party2=
|candidate2 = 
|votes2 = 
|party3=
|candidate3 = 
|votes3 = 
|ref = 
}}<br>
}}

Example

====Full History====
{{SEO Collapsible history
|Office =Governor of North Carolina
|earliest year =2000
|Content =

<big>'''2012'''</big>
:''See also: [[North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012]]''

[[Bev Perdue]] (D) did not run for re-election. [[Pat McCrory]] (R) defeated [[Walter Dalton]] (D) in the [[State executive official elections, 2012|November 6, 2012 general election]].
{{NCGeneralGov2012Results}}

<big>'''2008'''</big>

{{SEO election history box
|date = November 4, 2008
|pronoun = She
|new =Yes
|year =  2008
|Office=  Governor of North Carolina
|party1=  Democratic
|winner1 = [[Bev Perdue]]
|losers = [[Pat McCrory]] and Michael Munger
|votes1 =  2146189
|Inc1 = 
|party2= Republican
|candidate2 = Pat McCrory
|votes2 =  2001168
|party3=Libertarian
|candidate3= Michael C. Munger
|votes3= 121584
|ref = [http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC/7937/21334/en/summary.html North Carolina State Board of Elections]
}}<br>

<big>'''2004'''</big>

{{SEO election history box
|date = November 2, 2004
|pronoun = He
|new =No
|year = 2004
|Office=  Governor of North Carolina
|party1=  Democratic
|winner1 = Mike Easley
|losers =  Patrick Ballantine and Barbara Howe
|votes1 =  1939154
|Inc1 = Y
|party2= Republican
|candidate2 =  Patrick J. Ballantine
|votes2 =  1495021
|party3= Libertarian
|candidate3= Barbara Howe
|votes3= 52513
|ref = [ftp://www.app.sboe.state.nc.us/data/ElectResults/2004_11_02/20041102_results_statewide.pdf North Carolina State Board of Elections]
}}<br>

<big>'''2000'''</big>

{{SEO election history box
|date = November 7, 2000
|pronoun = He
|new =Yes
|year =  2000
|Office=  Governor of North Carolina
|party1=  Democratic
|winner1 =  Mike Easley
|losers =  Richard Vinroot, Barbara Howe and Douglas Schell
|votes1 = 1530324
|Inc1 = 
|party2= Republican
|candidate2 =  Richard Vinroot
|votes2 =  1360960
|party3= Libertarian
|candidate3 =  Barbara Howe
|votes3 =  42674
|party4= Reform
|candidate4 = Douglas Schell
|votes4 = 8104
|ref = [ftp://www.app.sboe.state.nc.us/data/ElectResults/2000_11_07/20001107_results_Governor.pdf North Carolina State Board of Elections]
}}<br>
}}

Full History


Joint tickets

For elections where the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are listed on the same ticket please use:

====Full History====
{{SEO Collapsible history
|Office =
|earliest year =
|Content =In XSTATEX, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are jointly elected.
<big>'''YEAR'''</big>

{{SEO dual ticket box
|date = 
|pronoun = 
|new =
|year = 
|Office= 
|party1= 
|winners1 = 
|winners=
|losers = 
|votes1 = 
|Inc1 = 
|party2=
|candidate2 = 
|votes2 = 
|ref = 
}}<br>
}}

See also