Supreme Court wants to know why judges dismissed Cooper's lawsuit
The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday asked a three-judge panel for more insight into why it dismissed Gov. Roy Cooper's challenge to lawmakers' efforts to overhaul the state elections board.Posted — Updated
Justice Mike Morgan's order gives the three-judge panel 60 days to explain why it lacks jurisdiction to handle the case and to address the merits of Cooper's complaint. Once that order is filed, the Supreme Court would take another look at it, he said.
"We are pleased that the Supreme Court has acted quickly so that the three-judge panel now has the opportunity to get this right on the merits of the case," Cooper spokesman Ford Porter said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the order also allows county boards of elections to operate with two members – they have traditionally had three members, but the overhaul tied up in the lawsuit would change that to two Democrats and two Republicans on each county board – as long as both members consent.
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