Elections boards in 16 counties received relief late Friday from the state Supreme Court that allows them to prepare for local elections without all their members. The boards in Pitt, Carteret, Chowan, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Jones, Lincoln, Perquimans, Transylvania, Vance and other counties affected had been stymied from preparing for county and municipal elections this year because of a power struggle between Republican lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper that ended up in state court.
Cooper sued the legislative leaders earlier this year after they passed a law that merged the state elections board and ethics commission in a case that could determine whether Republicans will have leadership on elections boards at the state and county level during presidential election years when North Carolina voters also elect their governor.
Local elections boards decide voting details such as polling locations, early voting sites and when those are open for voters to cast their ballots early.