The four Democrats and four Republicans on the new state elections board went ’round and ’round Wednesday, casting tie vote after tie vote, as they looked for the board’s ninth member.
But then they fell into an agreement to nominate former Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell and Damon Circosta, executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday evening he had appointed Circosta to the ninth seat on the Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.
The wrangling on the way to agreement on two nominees reflected the long power struggle between Cooper, a Democrat, and the Republican-run legislature, which moved to change the board after Cooper won office in 2016. Cooper has sued over the changes three times, most recently this month.