NC elections director, who led 9th District fraud investigation, may soon be out of a job – News & Observer

Robert Cordle, a Democrat who is the new elections board chairman, declined to comment to the N&O until after the meeting Monday. David Black, a Republican board member, said he wouldn’t reveal who he thinks will replace Strach, but that he understands the majority on the board does want her gone.

“Kim Strach will be replaced,” he said. “I can’t comment on who that person may be right now.”

Gannon said Strach is not available for an interview.

Strach has spent 20 years at the board of elections, rising through the ranks from investigator to executive director, when she was appointed to the top job in 2013 during Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s tenure.

Democrats haven’t always been Strach’s biggest fans.

The News & Observer has reported that Strach investigated at least three top Democratic politicians who were convicted of crimes — former Gov. Mike Easley, former Speaker of the House Jim Black and former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps. And Strach’s husband, Phil Strach, is one of the main lawyers that Republicans in the General Assembly have hired to defend them on lawsuits related to election law issues such as gerrymandering and voter ID. (Read more)

Board of Elections Status As Of May 27, 2017 Thank You Governor Roy Cooper For Continuing To File Lawsuits

Cooper has already sued lawmakers over other measures they passed in the December special session, including merging the State Board of Elections and the State Ethics Commission, requiring Senate confirmation of his cabinet secretaries and sharply reducing the number of political appointments he could make in state agencies.

A three-judge panel ruled in his favor on the elections-ethics and political appointments issues but said the cabinet confirmations process doesn’t violate the state constitution. After lawmakers tweaked the elections-ethics combination to meet the judges’ concerns and passed it over his veto, he filed a second lawsuit over the matter.

Source: WRAL

NC State House And Senate Gave Final Approval To Senate Bill 68 Elections/Ethics/Lobbying Merger Bill

The Watch Dog response: This is just a damn shame how the Republicans continue to change the rules to get things accomplished since they got the majority seats.

The state House and Senate Tuesday afternoon gave final approval to Senate Bill 68, the Elections/Ethics/Lobbying merger bill. It was sent to Gov. Cooper, who has indicated that he would veto it. He has 10 days to do so. Overriding a veto requires three-fifths majorities of members present in the House and Senate.

Read the final bill here. The final version keeps four-member county boards, with a Democratic chairman in odd-numbered years and a Republican chairman in even-numbered years.

Changes made to SB 68 in the final conference report (compared to previous version) include:

SBE Majority: SBE votes require a simple majority of five.  These five votes are required, regardless of the number of those present (thus if a bare quorum of five is present, the vote must be unanimous).

Previously, ethics, campaign finance, and new elections matters required six votes.

SBE Chairs: SBE chairs alternate between Republican and Democratic members every term (two years), with a Democrat chairing during midterm elections and a Republican chairing during presidential elections. SBE vice-chairs are of the opposite party.

Previously, there was no party requirement for the chair.

SBE Removal: Governor may remove SBE member who fails to attend a meeting and, thereby, blocks quorum for at least three days. However, the party chair still has 30 days to submit two names for each vacancy.

A variation on this scenario was raised in the House debate on the bill.

SBE Subpoenas: SBE subpoenas for elections, campaign finance, and lobbying (all non-ethics) matters requires action a simple majority.

Previously, the majority had to include at least two members of each political party.

Transition Officers: In 2017, Governor Cooper appoints the vice-chair and secretary. Thereafter the State Board selects these positions.

Previously the governor just appointed the chair.

NC State Board Of Elections & The NC General Assembly

On this week the NC Board of Elections met in Wilmington NC. The North Carolina Board of Elections consisted of a 5 member board and the local boards consisted of 3 board members until former Governor Pat McCrory tenure was up and he and his Republicans changed some stuff. When there is a Democratic Governor in office then there used to be 2 Democrats and 1 Republican. So when McCrory left the office he changed the makeup. A damn shame!

The latest on the local Board of Elections make up for local counties is 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans. Governor Roy Cooper plans to veto. The courts had rejected the 4 member board but your Republican majority General Assembly is now banking on Senate Bill 68.


Raleigh NC: State Board of Elections issues order to counties regarding ballots – ABC 11

Emergency Meeting NC State Board Of Elections Sunday November 27, 2016

SBE Emergency Meeting

Start date 27 Nov, 2016

End date 27 Nov, 2016

(UTC -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

NOTICE OF EMERGENCY STATE BOARD MEETING The State Board of Elections will hold a public meeting by teleconference on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Interested members of the public may listen to proceedings by dialing (213) 929-4212 (code: 696-443-050). Agenda available here:

See related:

News & Observer: McCrory will withdraw recount demand if Durham votes recounted

BREAKING: Board of Elections data reveal voter registration irregularities under NC Gov. Pat McCrory – DailyKos

Exclusive to Daily Kos:

A data-mining analysis of information publicly available from the North Carolina State Board of Elections has uncovered apparently systematic irregularities in voter registration efforts which are required of the state by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA; the so-called ‘Motor Voter Act’). These irregularities, potentially disenfranchising tens of thousands of poverty-level North Carolina citizens, have all occurred during the Republican administration of North Carolina’s current governor, Pat McCrory (R).

Under McCrory (who took office in January of 2013), North Carolina has become the tip of the GOP’s spear in efforts to suppress voting by demographic groups which typically do not lean Republican (blacks, Latinos, youth, and the economically disadvantaged). McCrory’s efforts culminated in 2013 with his signing into law of the nation’s single most draconian voter suppression bill, The Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA; detailed in this diary). Legal challenges to VIVA have been filed by numerous organizations including the North Carolina NAACP, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Oral arguments in NC-NAACP v. McCrory will begin in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, in Winston-Salem, on July 6th. But while many of those suits argue, in part, that VIVA may have been intended to suppress minority voting, evidence of such malicious intent has been hard to come by.

Until now. (Source: Read more)