This afternoon Wake Superior Court Chief Judge Donald Stephens put a temporary hold on the Republican rewrite of boards of elections which would give Republicans the advantage in running North Carolina elections, especially in even-numbered years. Judge Stephens intends to review the entire law for its constitutionality next Thursday. The law was due to go into effect this Sunday night at midnight.
“The General Assembly passed a bill that, among other things, radically changes the structure and composition of the executive agency responsible for administrating our state’s election laws,” the Cooper lawsuit says. “Those changes are unconstitutional because they violate the separation of powers provisions enshrined in the North Carolina Constitution by shifting control over that agency away from the governor to the General Assembly.”