NC's State Board of Elections' Future in Question
It’s a mighty fine thing that voters nixed the constitutional amendment shifting control of the Board of Elections to the legislature. Otherwise this investigation in NC09 may have been swept under the rug...
As it is, the current BOE of 9 members is a result of the 2016 GOP power grab, which has been found by the court to erode the Governor’s powers, and was due to revert to its old form of 5 members (3 appointed by the Gov) on Monday, Dec. 3rd.
However, the court has agreed to keep the current 9 member BOE in place through Dec 12, although this debacle in NC09 isn’t likely to wrap up before then. The bi-partisan BOE voted unanimously to delay certification of the NC09 election while they gathered information, and then voted 7-2 to hold an evidentiary hearing by Dec. 21st. (Why 2 members voted against a hearing is beyond us...)
From Slate: “If the GOP hadn’t spent two years trying to wrest control of elections from Cooper, the state might have well-functioning electoral infrastructure. Instead, it is teetering on the precipice of bedlam.”
GOP leadership immediately demanded the resignation of Andy Penry, chair of the BOE, for lack of transparency and his history of partisan statements on social media. There is no indication Penry has done anything wrong pertaining to this election in question, and all four Republicans on the board voted with Penry and the others to not certify the results pending further review. However, knowing the GOP would likely continue to press the partisanship issue and draw into question the motivations of the board, he resigned as of Saturday, Dec. 1. There is no word yet on his replacement.
If you'd like to contact the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement and ensure that they proceed with a full public investigation and/or ask for a new NC09 election, you can contact them here.