Court Filing Seeks Relief for Stymied County Elections Boards | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's note: This post was created by the staff for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

    County elections boards with only two members would be allowed to take actions during this municipal election season, under a proposal filed today with the N.C. Supreme Court. That proposal would end a roadblock created by the ongoing legal dispute involving the state elections board.

    Attorney General Josh Stein filed the petition Tuesday. It requests changes to a July 20 court order "that have become necessary to conduct orderly elections in the coming months."

    County elections boards of elections are conducting municipal elections in September, October, and November, the filing explains. Until members of the State Board of Elections have been appointed, vacancies on county boards cannot be filled.

    But the State Board of Elections has no members because of a legal battle pitting Gov. Roy Cooper against state legislative leaders. That battle focuses on the fate of a merged eight-member bipartisan board focusing on both elections and ethics and enforcement.

    This legal fight has left multiple county elections boards in limbo. "As of the date of this Petition, approximately 14 county boards have only two members and are thus unable to take any official action to administer their municipal elections," the petition explains. Current state law requires all three members of a county elections board to be present for the board to have a quorum.

    "These county boards are therefore unable to carry out a number of crucial elections tasks, such as hearing challenges to the qualifications of a candidate, transferring voters between precincts when necessary, adopting one-stop plans to conduct early voting on a schedule beyond the statutory minimum, hearing election protests, and certifying the results of the election in that county," according to the petition.
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