N.C. Constitutional Amendments Unanimously Approved by State Court

Speaker urges Governor to drop litigation after court rejects his attempt to block referendums

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released a statement Friday following a three-judge panel’s unanimous decision to deny Governor Roy Cooper’s request to block ballot referendums from reaching voters:

“I appreciate this court’s unanimous affirmation that the voters of North Carolina deserve to decide how they are governed and urge Governor Cooper to immediately stop trying to use litigation to block the people from being heard on popular ballot referendums,” Moore said.   

The proposed constitutional amendments Gov. Cooper attempted to block voters from deciding would establish a bipartisan oversight board for ethics and elections law in North Carolina and replace his office’s unilateral authority to fill state court vacancies with a Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commission that provides additional input from the public, the judicial branch, and the state legislature.

A recent analysis from the Raleigh News & Observer confirmed that the proposed merit selection process for judicial vacancies would put North Carolina in line with most other states, and that “very few states” give a governor sole discretion to pick judges.

Four other proposals, Right to Hunt and Fish, Strengthening Victims’ Rights, Maximum Income Tax Rate of 7.0%, and Require Photo ID to Vote, are still scheduled to be published on the ballot as ratified by the state legislature.