Dec. 15, 2016: Governor-elect Roy Cooper will hold a press conference to complain about the efforts of the Republicans to cut the power of the Governor’s office during the special session of the General Assembly is the lot a couple of blocks.
North Carolina’s incoming Democratic Governor sued Friday over a new law passed to restrict by Republican lawmakers that his forces, as he prepares for his office.
In his lawsuit, Gov.-elect Roy Cooper, a Wake County judge asks to block a law that ends the control of the governors exert over the Federal state and county election boards Sunday intervenes, when he is sworn in.
The lawsuit says the Republican-led legislature, the radical changes, two weeks ago, the administration of election laws, is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers.
The changes that convert the state elections board, of a Governor controlled in a cross-party body with an equal number of Republicans and Democrats. County election boards have two members from each party, rather than the current three members with a majority of the governor’s party.
On Friday afternoon, a judge of the arguments of the lawyers heard represented Cooper, the areas that the search for an emergency ruling to put a stop, the law does not apply.
In a statement, Cooper argues that the new law could result in longer queues at polling stations, less early voting, and the General difficulties for voters.
“This complex new law is in only two days of the Republican legislature unconstitutional and anything other than bipartisan,” he said. “A Band in a partisan election, would you reach, what many Republicans want: makes it more difficult to vote for the North Carolinians.”
But the Republican leader in the Senate, Phil Berger, released a statement, said Cooper tried to maintain his own power and not do what is best for the voters.
“Given the last few weeks-long uncertainty about his own election, the governor-elect should understand better than anyone why North Carolinians deserve a system that you can trust the results of the election fairly and without the taint of partisanship,” he said.
Cooper’s lawsuit makes good to take on his former threats, the Republicans to court over laws, while two of the December special session. Another law requires Cooper to the Cabinet decisions confirmed by the legislature. The state Constitution gives the Senate the opportunity to use “advice and consent” to the Governor appointed by a majority, but this provision is still, in at least several decades.
Cooper won the November election against outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by roughly 10,000 votes. The transition is rocky, the by a lengthy discussion on vote-counting was made. McCrory did not want to admit that only a month after the election.