The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement will meet by teleconference Wednesday to take up several issues, including continuing appointing county boards of elections, as well as designating multicounty district panels to conduct hearings on candidate challenges. The board will announce too the disposition of two appeals from decisions of county boards of elections on challenges to candidacy, both handed down at the end of March.
This will be the second meeting of the bipartisan state board of elections, both by teleconference, after the original eight members of those appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper met to nominate two candidates, not of the two leading parties in the state, to be the ninth member of the board meant to preclude deadlock votes between the four Republicans and four Democrats on the bipartisan board.
The board, at its first meeting, selected two unaffiliated voters as its nominees to Cooper, Damon Circosta, executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and Burley Mitchell, former chief justice of the state Supreme Court.
Cooper quickly selected Circosta to fill out the board.
Though Cooper has been in office since last year, the governor has only recently appointed the board after more than a year of legal squabbling over the constitutionality of the board, in which time Cooper declined to appoint a board, leaving a lot of work to be done leading up to the party primaries next month.
The Board oversees elections in North Carolina, as well as campaign finance, ethics and lobbying, reporting and compliance.
The public can listen in to the meeting at 1:30 p.m. by calling (631) 992-3221 and using the code: 600104548 or listen to the call in person at the state board office in a boardroom located at 403 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh.
Meeting documents can be located here: https://dl.ncsbe.gov/index.html?prefix=State_Board_Meeting_Docs/2018-04-04/