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.

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: http://dl.ncsbe.gov/index.html?prefix=State_Board_Meeting_Docs/2016-11-27/

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Board of Elections Website Edgecombe County Has One Of The Worst Damn Websites I Have Seen

The Edgecombe County Board of Elections website is one of the worst I have seen in a long time. Damn with all of the issues surrounding new changes to the election process atleast the website ought to be user friendly. Not! Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think and you don’t have to live in Edgecombe County. Click here to view website.

Now click here to check out the Nash County Website. Nash County site is very user friendly and looks damn good!

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Edgecombe County Board of Elections Need To Step It Up, Check Out Nash County

Board warned about ‘Liking’ candidates – Wilson Times

The use of Social media has caused new concerns, conversations and definitions for State Boards of Elections across the country, including North Carolina.

There are new rules emerging for those who serve on local boards of elections when it comes to their social media activity and Wilson County is one of the first in North Carolina getting a taste of what the state board’s expectations are with the use of social media and elections board members.

A letter went out to the newly appointed Republican board member. Douglas Inscoe, on the new limitations placed on him and every other board member when it comes to social media.

The letter, dated July 29, came from Don Wright, general counsel to the State Board of Elections to Inscoe before he was sworn into office.

Wilson County officials received the warning first because of the past controversy involving a Tea Party member who served on the board and subsequent complaints of political activity made by two Democratic activists. That member resigned before a second hearing could take place on the state level. (Source: Read more)