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Tuesday Wrap: Override time again

Posted June 19, 2018 7:00 p.m. EDT

— After Gov. Roy Cooper's late-night vetoes last week, it's fitting the Senate holds an evening session to begin the override process.

With a veto-proof majority, Republicans are expected to make quick work Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Senate and House, respectively, enacting two laws over Cooper's vetoes. One would change judicial districts in Wake and Mecklenburg counties, while the other would change various elections laws, such as requiring criminal background checks for state and county elections workers and prevent candidates who lose in the primary from jumping to another party to run again in the fall.

In honor of Juneteenth, members of the state NAACP gathered in the Legislative Building to criticize two measures they claim are new attacks on voters' rights. Lawmakers last week passed a bill that changes the early voting schedule by lopping off the final Saturday before Election Day, and the House is expected to take up this week a proposed amendment to the state constitution requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. Both ideas were shot down in the courts two years ago by judges who said a 2013 state law targeted minority voters.