Ruling threatens to disband board amid congressional probe
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A court ruling threatens to disband the North Carolina board investigating allegations of ballot fraud in a still-unresolved congressional race.
The three-judge state court panel ruled Thursday to allow the state Board of Elections to dissolve Friday, ahead of a scheduled January evidentiary hearing into the 9th district congressional race.
The court previously found the board’s makeup unconstitutional in a protracted legal battle launched after the legislature altered the board in 2016. But the court had allowed the board to remain while it investigates the congressional race. The latest ruling came just after lawmakers enacted a new law to largely restore the board to how it operated before 2016.
It’s not clear how quickly the governor could appoint a board under the new law, or if a higher court could intervene.