RALEIGH, N.C. – A new bill on how the State Board of Elections is structured is on to the governor.
The proposal sets up two boards, just like in 2016, creating a State Board of Elections and a State Ethics Commission.
The Elections Board would have five members, all appointed by the governor.
The Ethics Board would have four members appointed by the governor, and four appointed by the General Assembly.
While Democrats believe this bill was not necessary during the special session, Republicans say it’s their best attempt to comply with court rulings.
The bill also transfers the responsibility for overseeing lobbying back to the secretary of state. It also adds the provision that for any new congressional election ordered, a primary must be conducted for that elections.
Lawmakers say this is the procedure in a U.S. House race and point specifically to the congressional District 9 race for wanting this provision in the bill.