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North Carolina GOP Tries To Ensure It’ll Be In Charge Of Future Elections

Republicans in North Carolina are attempting to push through a bill that would ensure their control over voting procedure in election years.

State Rep. David Lewis (R), who chairs the elections committee, filed the bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Monday amid allegations of Republican-led ballot theft during the 2018 midterm elections.

The bill would require election boards in every county in the state to be chaired by a member of the political party with the highest number of registered voters in odd-numbered years. During even-numbered years, the boards would be chaired by a member of the party with the second-highest number of registered voters.

North Carolina has more registered Democrats than Republicans, which would mean a Republican member of every election board in the state would be in charge of voting procedure during election years. That would hold true as long as Republicans continue to have the second-highest number of registered voters in the state, which is likely to remain true as long as U.S. population trends persist.

Lewis did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the bill and allegations that state Republicans were trying to rig elections.

Meanwhile, allegations recently surfaced that a political operative working for Republicans ran an illegal ballot operation in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District ― where Republican Mark Harris appeared to defeat Democrat Dan McCready by fewer than 1,000 votes in the midterms.

The state also passed a constitutional amendment last month mandating voter ID just two years after a federal appeals court struck down a similar measure, arguing it was part of a larger set of voter restrictions that targeted African-Americans “with almost surgical precision.”

Republicans, including Lewis, were also behind the voter ID measure.

The election boards bill comes two years after Lewis and other Republicans in the state legislature introduced a series of measures aimed at stripping power from incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. 

Lewis told reporters at the time that Republicans were working “to establish that we are going to continue to be a relevant party in governing the state.

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