Supreme Court reinstates NC elections board
The state Supreme Court has reversed an appeals court order that allowed the merger of the state's ethics and elections board to move forward.Posted — Updated
The law in question merged the five-member elections board and the state's eight-member ethics panel. Cooper went to court to block the merger, saying, in part, the move stripped him of authority. In particular, the merger took away the governor's 3-2 advantage in appointing Democratic members of the elections board, splitting the merged panel's members evenly, 4-4, between Democrats and Republicans.
The Supreme Court order once again puts the merger on hold – and reconstitutes the old State Board of Elections – while the courts figure out if lawmakers are or are not allowed to authorize such a merger.
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