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Senate overrides Cooper's veto of Elections Board bill, House votes Tuesday

The state Senate voted Monday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state Ethics and Elections boards. The measure now goes to the state House. (Source: WECT) The state Senate voted Monday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state Ethics and Elections boards. The measure now goes to the state House. (Source: WECT)
RALEIGH, NC (AP/WECT) -

North Carolina Senate Republicans have quickly completed their part in overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a measure trying a second time to combine the state elections board and ethics commission. 
    
The Senate voted Monday night with no debate by a 33-15 margin, exceeding the three-fifths majority necessary to cancel a veto. The measure now goes to the House, where the bill is on the agenda for Tuesday morning. The bill would become law with a similar House vote.

“It is ironic that Gov. Cooper lectured the legislature about pursuing ‘partisan power grabs’ when he vetoed a bill creating a bipartisan board to ensure our ethics and elections laws are enforced fairly – and for no other reason than to strengthen his own political advantage,” said Republican Senator Bill Rabon of Brunswick County in an email news release. “I am confident this change – which actually answers the court’s call to let the governor make all appointments to that board – is a step in the right direction for North Carolina.”

Cooper successfully sued to strike down a law approved before he took office combining the two panels. So, Republicans tried again with a retooled measure.
    
Cooper says the new bill remains unconstitutional and the combined board would make it harder to protect voting rights. Republicans praise the measure as encouraging bipartisan cooperation because it would be split between Democrats and Republicans.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. WECT contributed to this report.
 

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