From the Asheville Citizen-Times…
North Carolina’s highest court stepped in Friday to limit the Republican-dominated legislature’s efforts to minimize Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s ability to pursue his goals, declaring unconstitutional a law devising a state elections board that hinted at deadlock.
The state Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Cooper couldn’t be forced to pick a politically divided, eight-member elections board from names the two major political parties selected. The law prevented Cooper from removing members with whom he disagreed unless there was wrongdoing.
The law makes Cooper unable to fulfill his duties to ensure election laws are followed because half of the elections board will be people who will probably oppose the governor’s policy preferences, the majority opinion said.
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