This year will bring about what is known as a “Blue Moon” election in North Carolina, with no races for President, Governor or Senate on the ballot this November.

But the anticipation is building ahead of this fall’s elections nonetheless.

And the first step toward that election begins Monday when the filing period opens across North Carolina.

In Orange County, voters will be casting ballots in November for county commissioners, state house and senate seats and for the Fourth Congressional District, among other county races – including Sheriff and the Orange County Board of Education.

A new wrinkle was thrown into the mix on Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that there would be no primary judicial races in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Board of Elections said in a release after Friday’s ruling that judicial candidates for state Supreme Court, state Court of Appeals and District and Superior Court will all file during one period in mid-June.

The filing period beginning on Monday will run through Wednesday, February 28.

This year’s primary is scheduled for May 8. Election Day is set for November 6.