RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There are now no plans to hold primary elections for trial court and appeals court races next year. That’s because the General Assembly has completed its override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill containing the one-time cancellation.
The House finished the override with a 72-40 vote Tuesday morning. The Senate voted to make the bill law despite Cooper’s objections Monday night.
Republicans in charge of the legislature sought to stop the primaries because they say it would reduce confusion if they act early next year and redraw judicial election boundaries for District Court and Superior Court judges. The House approved such a redistricting earlier this month and the Senate could take them up in January. The bill also pushes back candidate filing for those seats from February to June.