The state Senate voted Monday night to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a measure that would cancel all judicial primary elections in 2018.
The House is expected to follow suit Tuesday, although that vote may be delayed.
Senate Bill 656 would also make it easier for third-party candidates to get on the ballot for statewide or municipal races, and for unaffiliated although not in legislative races. It would also lower the percentage of primary votes required to avoid a runoff.
Republican House and Senate leaders say they’re cancelling the judicial primaries because they intend to redraw the state’s superior and district court districts by next spring, so the primary would likely be delayed.