North Carolina Republicans Overrule Cooper’s Veto Of Election Law

In a massive win for free and fair elections, the GOP-led legislature in North Carolina has overruled North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto of an election bill he argued was a “threat to democracy.”

The Hill reported that SB 749 would modify North Carolina’s election law by creating bipartisan election boards.

The bill that Cooper initially vetoed would have taken control away from the Democratic-led election boards, instead distributing such control equally among Democrats and Republicans. Cooper claims that such a bipartisan distribution of election officials would make the process of choosing early-voting locations and certifying election results difficult.

“The legislative takeover of state and local elections boards could doom our state’s elections to gridlock and severely limit early voting. It also creates a grave risk that Republican legislators or courts would be empowered to change the results of an election if they don’t like the winner,” Cooper wrote in a statement, as reported by The Western Journal.

“That’s a serious threat to our democracy, particularly after the nation just saw a presidential candidate try to strongarm state officials into reversing his losing election results. Courts have already ruled the ideas in this bill unconstitutional, and voters overwhelmingly said no when the legislature tried to change the constitution,” Cooper added.

Considering that North Carolina’s state legislature has a three-fifths Republican majority, the Senate was able to override Cooper’s veto, having voted 30-19, while the House voted 72-44 in favor.

SB 749 was not the only bill that Republicans in the state legislature vetoed. They also overruled Cooper’s efforts to prevent a bill, SB 747, from getting rid of the three-day period for mail-in ballots to be received before they are ruled invalid.

Cooper argued that SB 747 would disenfranchise individuals who vote by mail.

“It requires valid votes to be tossed out if the post office delivers them even one minute after 7:30 p.m. on Election Day or if a computer rejects a signature,” Cooper said in a press release, according to PolitiFact.

Cooper’s claim isn’t true, considering that SB 747 would only limit the period an absentee ballot can be received, but it wouldn’t allow computers to reject ballots because of a signature.

If enacted, SB 747 would establish a pilot program to test signature verification software, but the bill explicitly points out that the software won’t lead to the rejection of ballots. A provision in the legislation would also allow poll watchers to listen to conversations between voters and election workers.

It’s interesting how Cooper goes after Republicans for implementing common-sense measures to secure America’s voting system. Cooper’s own party, which accuses the GOP of “rigging” elections by requiring voter identification cards, wants illegal immigrants to vote, a wholly illegal action.