RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld a lower-court order tossing out a small portion of state law creating a combined elections and ethics board.
Tuesday’s ruling by the justices denied a request by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to get the entire law struck down. Cooper disagreed with a three-judge panel that determined a Supreme Court decision from January about the board’s constitutionality produced a narrow result.
The Supreme Court ruling confirms that a board composed of four Democrats and four Republicans was voided. The Republican-led legislature adjusted that portion of the law last month to create a ninth member belonging to neither major party. Those tweaks take effect Friday.
So Cooper also filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to block that adjustment and the combined board from being chosen.