Gov. Cooper plans to sue to keep 2 amendment questions off ballot

North Carolina

9 On Your Side wanted to hear what representatives in the East think about Cooper’s lawsuit.

Republican Greg Murphy said Cooper’s lawsuit is a waste of taxpayer’s money.

While Democratic State Senator Don Davis said it’s important the court acts swiftly in responding to Cooper’s suit.

“When you are dealing with a constitutional amendment, something that is going to fundamentally alter our state’s constitution, it needs to be plain English that people can read, people can understand and does not have a political overtone to it,” said Davis. “Whatever happens here whichever direction the court decides to go, it’s going to have far-reaching implications. Not just for this administration. But also, future administrations.”

People will vote for candidates, and the constitutional amendments Cooper is suing over on ballots this fall.


North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper contends ballot language approved by Republican lawmakers describing two proposed constitutional amendments are so false and misleading the courts must prevent voting on them.
Cooper’s office announced Saturday he would sue Monday in Wake County court to block two of the six amendment referendums set for this fall’s ballots. Public disclosure of the litigation came hours after the General Assembly overrode Cooper’s veto of a measure taking from a state panel the job of writing titles for the six questions.
Cooper targets amendments that would shift powers from the executive branch to the legislature on filling judicial vacancies and appointing members of the state elections board and other commissions.
State election officials have said ballots need to be finalized by this coming week.

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