SOME OF N.C. GUV’S POWER RESTORED
raleigh, n.c.» A judge granted a small victory to the state’s incoming Democratic governor Friday, temporarily blocking a law by Republican lawmakers stripping him of control over elections in a legislative power play just weeks ago.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens blocked the new law, which would end the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards, as Gov.-Elect Roy Cooper is set to take office Sunday.
Stephens ruled that the risk to future free and fair elections justified the temporary block and said he plans to review the law more closely Thursday.
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin also could appoint a three-judge panel to hear Cooper’s challenge to the law’s constitutionality.
Cooper sued Friday to block the law, which passed two weeks ago.