North Carolina’s General Assembly on Monday will consider changes for two amendments that, if approved by voters in November, would dramatically shift the balance of power away from the governor and to the state legislature. The amendments are part of a battle between the state’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and legislative Republicans, who hold supermajorities in both houses of the legislature. The amendments would allow the legislature to claim more power over appointments to both open judicial seats and the state Board of Elections. At present, Cooper holds the power to appoint judges to vacant seats and to the Board of Elections.
The special session, which began Friday and is expected to end Monday, comes after a panel of state Superior Court judges blocked the state Board of Elections from printing ballots over concerns about the wording to appear alongside each amendment.
The legislature has returned to Raleigh to fix that wording.
“It is definitely a power struggle between Republicans in the General Assembly and Gov. Cooper,” said Donald Bryson, executive director of the conservative-leaning Civitas Institute, a North Carolina think tank.