“Judges block NC elections board overhaul as Roy Cooper’s lawsuit pends”

News & Observer:

A three-judge panel ruled on Thursday to uphold Gov. Roy Cooper’s request to block a revamp of the state elections board while his lawsuit makes its way through the courts.

In the first hearing before the panel of judges assigned to the case this week, Greensboro attorney Jim Phillips argued for Cooper that a law adopted by the General Assembly in one of its special sessions last month violates the constitutional separation of powers.

It was a similar argument to one made last week by Phillips on the eve of the date the law would have disbanded the five-member state Board of Elections and passed its duties to the state Ethics Commission.

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