Ugly North Carolina power grab
Governor Pat McCrory, who had to be torn from his teddy bear to concede the election, has the support of his Republican legislator for a power grab against his Democratic successor.
Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s outgoing Republican governor, has signed a law stripping executive powers from his successor, Democrat Roy Cooper.
The law removes the State Board of Elections from the governor’s control by reducing the number of members on the board from five — three of whom could be from the governor’s party — to four members, evenly split between the parties.
As we have reported, the change could have ripple effects, since the state body appoints members to county election boards across the state.
Three of North Carolina’s county election boards faced a legal challenge in November after they attempted to revoke the voting rights of thousands of registered voters shortly before Election Day. A federal judge blocked the move.
The new law also increases the power of the state’s appellate court and requires the party affiliations of judicial candidates to be printed on ballots.