Raleigh, N.C. — The special legislative session that Gov. Roy Cooper called Wednesday to redraw voting maps didn't happen after lawmakers declared Cooper's position unconstitutional.
Lawmakers said there is no extraordinary circumstance that requires a special session, especially when they're already in session, and the federal courts that want new maps haven't provided the guidance needed to begin the process.
One thing lawmakers did do Thursday was give final approval in the House to a measure that would drop the state's requirement that people obtain a permit to carry a concealed gun. The move came hours after the Fraternal Order of Police came out against the proposal.
Outside the Legislative Building, an elections law attorney challenged the makeup of the new Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, arguing that the requirement that only registered Democrats and Republicans can serve on the board discriminates against the growing number of unaffiliated voters in North Carolina.