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Thursday Wrap: Complete those ballots

Posted March 21, 2019 8:25 p.m. EDT

— There were no down-ballot races, but some senators who didn't completely fill out their ballots Thursday found that their votes didn't count.

Seven names were up for six spots on the UNC Board of Governors, and senators were required to vote for six people. Some Democrats didn't want to, leaving former Sen. Thom Goolsby and others off their ballots. So those ballots were tossed out – and Goolsby took one of the six Board of Governors seats.

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers joined with health and environmental advocates to call for drinking water at North Carolina schools to be tested for lead. A recent study of child care centers in the Triangle found that one in seven had at least one faucet with lead levels above EPA standards.

The gerrymandering suits roll on. Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit alleging that North Carolina's congressional voting map is too partisan, and on Thursday, a panel of state judges pushed back a deadline for plaintiffs who say legislative districts also were drawn for partisan advantage.