RALEIGH, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper vetoed House Bill 605, which would have moved the 2022 primary date from March 8 to June 7.
The bill was ratified in the state House and Senate “to allow the state board of elections to issue temporary rules for conducting the 2022 primaries and elections; and to address other matters relating to the 2022 primary.”
The general election would have also been pushed back from April 26 to July 26.
Gov. Cooper released a statement calling out Republican lawmakers who sponsored the bill for undermining the voting process in “an additional attempt by Republican legislators to control the election timeline…”
“The constitutionality of congressional and legislative districts is now in the hands of the North Carolina Supreme Court and the Court should have the opportunity to decide how much time is needed to ensure that our elections are constitutional,” said Gov. Cooper in a statement.
NC Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Burke) released a statement on the governor’s veto that read, “This commonsense legislation alleviated an unnecessarily constricted timeline for candidate filing and initiating the election process. It also made necessary changes to the municipal election timeline requested by the State Board of Elections. The party-line vote on House Bill 605 and Gov. Cooper’s veto lay bare what redistricting litigation really is — nothing more than a pure political power play.”