Today Republicans in the State Senate voted House Bill 100 into law, which restores Party affiliation to the ballot for judicial elections, despite Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the bill last week. Yesterday Republican Representatives in the House took action and voted to override Governor Cooper’s veto. Democrats removed the partisan affiliations from judicial elections in the 90s, which resulted in a massive drop in voter participation. In 2016, nearly 800,000 fewer North Carolinians voted in the state Supreme Court race compared to the presidential race because they did not have enough information about the judicial candidates.
“For years, Gov. Cooper and his allies have stoked fears of voter disenfranchisement – yet when he had the opportunity to actually increase voter involvement, he rejected a measure that the data suggests would do just that. I’m pleased the General Assembly corrected the governor’s misstep and this bill is now law.” -Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham)