Judge blocks law that would strip certain powers from Gov.-elect Cooper
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — A judge has blocked the implementation of a new law passed by Republicans that would end the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards.
Cooper filed a lawsuit Friday asking a Wake County judge to block the law from taking effect Sunday, the day he’ll be sworn into office.
Cooper’s lawsuit says the Republican-led General Assembly’s radical changes two weeks ago to the administration of election laws are unconstitutional because they violate separation of powers.
In a statement, Cooper said:
This complex new law passed in just two days by the Republican legislature is unconstitutional and anything but bipartisan. A tie on a partisan vote would accomplish what many Republicans want: making it harder for North Carolinians to vote. It will result in elections with longer lines, reduced early voting, fewer voting places, little enforcement of campaign finance laws, indecision by officials and mass confusion.”
Senate leader Phil Berger