State Supreme Court rejects Cooper motion on election board ruling

Gov. Roy Cooper (Greg Payne, NewsChannel 12 photo)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld a lower-court order tossing out a small portion of state law creating a combined elections and ethics board.

Tuesday's ruling by the justices denied a request by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to get the entire law struck down. Cooper disagreed with a three-judge panel that determined a Supreme Court decision from January about the board's constitutionality produced a narrow result.

The Supreme Court ruling confirms that a board composed of four Democrats and four Republicans was voided. The Republican-led legislature adjusted that portion of the law last month to create a ninth member belonging to neither major party. Those tweaks take effect Friday.

So Cooper also filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to block that adjustment and the combined board from being chosen.

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