Archives: CJ Staff

  • Election lawsuits head back to federal court

    Two lawsuits challenging the N.C. State Board of Elections’ plans for handling absentee ballots this fall head before a federal judge Thursday, Oct. 8, in Greensboro. A hearing on both suits is scheduled less than one day after the same judge criticized the state elections board in a separate case.

  • Judge strikes down Wilmington vacation rental ordinance

    A Superior Court judge has struck down Wilmington’s citywide restrictions on vacation rentals. An Institute for Justice news release praised the ruling. Judge Richard Harrell determined that a Wilmington ordinance violated a state law “prohibiting municipalities from requiring rental permits,” according to IJ, which represented plaintiffs in the case. “The…

  • Split court ruling permits some N.C. felons to vote

    Some N.C. felons who have finished their active prison time will be able to cast ballots in the 2020 election, based on a 2-1 ruling from a state Superior Court panel. The court’s order applies to any felon who is out of prison but still must pay fees or…

  • Judges reject attempt to block N.C. absentee witness requirement

    A three-judge panel has rejected a plea to block absentee ballot witness requirements for North Carolina’s fall election. The decision in N.C. Superior Court generated praise from the state Senate’s leader on election issues. “The judges were right to reject this dangerous attempt to eliminate basic protections against fraudulent…

  • Top senator labels latest Cooper lawsuit ‘another power grab’

    The N.C. Senate’s leader on election law issues is blasting the latest lawsuit from Gov. Roy Cooper. The suit challenges the makeup of a state body that oversees government rules. “It’s another power grab, plain and simple,” said Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, in a news release. Hise co-chairs the General…