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Neighbors on Call’s NC Policy Update for 03/04/24

Voting Rights 

A panel of three Superior Court Judges heard arguments Wednesday about the constitutionality of a new law that transfers election board appointment power from the governor to the state legislature. The law would change the format of the state elections board from five seats appointed by the governor, three of which are allotted to members of the governor’s party, to eight seats with four each appointed by opposing party leaders in the NCGA. The same three-judge panel previously issued a preliminary injunction preventing the law from going into effect, and this week they considered Cooper’s attorney’s arguments in favor of a summary (without trial) judgment alongside arguments from attorneys for Republican legislative leadership that the law is constitutional. The presiding judge on the panel, Superior Court Judge Edwin Wilson, said that the court would likely issue a decision by the end of next week.

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