Ruling on North Carolina Retention Election Option is Challenged

North Carolina’s Board of Elections has asked the state Supreme Court to throw out a lower court ruling that involved how justices are elected.

A Superior Court panel recently voided a new law giving elected Supreme Court justices an option to seek a new term in a retention, rather than contested, election (see Gavel Grab). Now the elections board has asked for review of that ruling, and an expedited hearing was set for April 13, according to a News & Observer blog.

Carolina Public Press, which describes itself as an independent, investigative reporting outlet, quoted some observers as suggesting conflict of interest questions are raised by the newest case.

Among justices on the high court is Robert Edmunds Jr., who had intended to run in a retention (up-or-down) election under the new law.