NC GOP Power Grab Law Put On Hold

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A North Carolina superior court judge has temporarily blocked a law shifting significant power from the governor to the legislature after a Democratic win in the governor’s race.

A North Carolina judge has temporarily blocked a Republican-backed law that strips the incoming Democratic governor of his control over election boards just before he takes office.

Wake County superior court judge Don Stephens ruled on Friday that the risk to free and fair elections justified stopping the law from taking effect this weekend until it could be reviewed more closely. Stephens plans to review the law on Thursday.

Governor-elect Roy Cooper sued on Friday to block the law, passed two weeks ago, which would end the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards.

We’ll see what happens here, but the image of a British newspaper sneeringly observing these goings on as if the US were some third world tinpot dictatorship is more than a little unnerving.

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