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Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
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This is horrifying and yet not the first time the NC GOP has tried to seize control of an election board. The courts may eventually stop them, but perhaps not until after these fraudulent boards have done their damage. The DNC must file a motion for a preliminary injunction....1/
...if legally viable, which I have not analyzed. 2/
3/ In 2016, when NC elected a Dem governor, shocked Rs unilaterally restructured the election board to maintain control. Although the court held the restructuring to be unconstitutional, the restructuring will remain in place until AFTER the midterm results are certified.
4/ Here are posts re: the NC GOP’s attempted election board coup of 2016. It sounds more similar to the current attempt than I remembered. Note it wasn’t overruled by the courts until 2018!
5/ Post 4 came from reporting by @mel_bough. I’m hoping she can offer insight into the North Carolina GOP’s current attempted election board re-structuring, how it compares to the one in 2016, & how/if the 2018 ruling earlier this year may impact the current re-structuring effort
7/ Here is an article confirming @mel_bough's reporting that, in 2018, the North Carolina GOP's prior restructuring of the state election board was held unconstitutional. As noted, however, the North Carolina GOP is trying again right now. newsobserver.com/news/politics-…
8/ "The laws struck down as unconstitutional were put in place by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2017 and 2018 and limited the authority of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper." newsobserver.com/news/politics-…
9/ "Prior to the [GOP] legislative changes that have now been struck down, the governor’s political party was given a majority on the board." newsobserver.com/news/politics-…
10/ Undeterred, the GOP put a proposed amendment on the 2018 midterm ballot, changing the makeup of the Board to "4 Republicans & 4 Democrats" and removing "most of the governor’s power to decide who sits on the board, giving that power to the [GOP led] legislature instead."
11/ Because the GOP no longer controls the governorship, it claimed that its proposed amendment would "take politics out of elections, and that it’s good to reduce the power of the governor over election policies."
12/ But Democrats explained the amendment "would only increase the effects of partisan politics, ... since having an equally split board would result in numerous 4-4 ties and reduced oversight for potential election law violations," and could also lead to "fewer voting sites."
13/ Here's another article explaining the GOP's proposed Election Bd amendment. According to @CommonCauseNC, which opposed the amendment, Republican claims that the amendment was meant to "reduce partisan politics" did not "pass the smell test." charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-…
14/ Earlier this year, NC's "five living former governors took the unprecedented step of publicly opposing the elections board amendment, as well as one dealing with judicial vacancies. So did six former chief justices of both parties." charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-…
15/ "They all said" the NC GOP's proposed amendments would "erode the constitution’s separation of powers by increasing the power of the General Assembly at the expense of the governor, no matter which party the governor is from." [JSC NOTE: THIS MAY BE THE LEGAL BASIS...
16/ ... ON WHICH TO CHALLENGE THE NC GOP'S CURRENT ATTEMPTED ELECTION BOARD RE-STRUCTURING.]
17/ Creating a 4 (Repub) - 4(Dem) election board could "drastically restrict early voting opportunities" bc early voting sites are selected by county boards. If they deadlock, & the state bd also deadlocks, the law says the county election office itself would be the only site.
18/ In the midterms, North Carolina voters REJECTED the GOP's proposed election-board restructuring amendment, which would have reduced the governor's power over the state election board, power that the GOP enjoyed when a Republican held that office. newsobserver.com/news/politics-…
19/ Still undeterred, the GOP filed a bill on Monday that would "separate duties of the elections panel between a 5-member board administering state elections & an 8-member board handling lobbying, ethics and campaign finance matters... witn.com/content/news/G…
20/ ... The governor's party likely would hold three of the five positions on the proposed elections board. [JSC NOTE: I DON'T KNOW WHY THE ARTICLE ASSUMES THIS IS "LIKELY".] No party could hold more than half the seats on the lobbying, ethics and campaign finance board."
21/ So the GOP appears to want gridlock and inaction on issues involving lobbying, ethics and campaign finance, rather than giving Democrats majority control over these issues,control that the GOP presumably had when a Republican held the governor's office. #deplorable
22/ And as noted at the start of this Thread, the GOP is also trying to rush through a law that would do the following:
23/ Unbelievable. Here are the provisions of this bill.
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