House Votes To Override Cooper Veto On Partisan Court Elections

House Votes To Override Cooper Veto On Partisan Court Elections

4:41pm Mar 22, 2017
The North Carolina Statehouse. Credit: Jayron32 of English Wikipedia via Creative Commons, http://bit.ly/2nSJcMJ

North Carolina’s GOP-controlled House voted Wednesday to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a Republican measure. The proposal makes local trial court elections officially partisan again.

Currently party affiliations don’t appear on the ballot in trial court elections.

Cooper says judges shouldn’t be chosen based on party labels, but on experience and other qualifications.

Republicans say voters know very little about judicial candidates and that having parties by their names gives the public more information about them.

The bill was sponsored by GOP Rep. Justin Burr of Albemarle.

At least three-fifths of the Senate must vote to override the veto, for the original bill to become law.

 

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