RALEIGH, N.C. -- A special panel tasked with creating summaries for the public on proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution has finally completed its work after courts this week upheld two more referendums for the ballot. 

  • Secretary of State Elaine Marshall chairs the three-person commission.
  • The other members are NC Attorney General Josh Stein and the Legislative Services Officer of the NC General Assembly, Paul Coble.
  • Previous: Two more ballot amendment descriptions approved

The three-member Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission approved the explanations for the additional amendment questions on Thursday. The amendments would swing powers over filling judicial vacancies and state election board member choices from the governor, currently Democrat Roy Cooper, to the legislature. 

The commission's two Democrats -- Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein -- voted for the two summaries, while the lone Republican voted no, calling language in each speculative. 

Since last month, the panel has approved summaries for six amendments going on the November ballot. The explanations will appear in a statewide voters' guide and go to local elections boards and media outlets.

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