AN ACT TO CLARIFY POLITICAL PARTY DISCLOSURE ON THE BALLOT FOR JUDICIAL RACES IN 2018. Enacted August 4, 2018. Effective August 4, 2018.
Summary date: Aug 4 2018 - More information
Summary date: Jul 27 2018 - More information
The Governor vetoed the act on 07/27/18. The Governor's objections and veto message are available here: https://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017E1/S3Veto/S3Veto.html
Senate amendment makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Requires that the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement notify, as expeditiously as possible, all candidates for justice and judges of the General Court of Justice for the 2018 general election who have changed party affiliation or unaffiliated status during the period of 90 days before the time the candidate filed to run for office and the date the candidate filed to run of the act's requirements. Sets out acceptable means of providing notice. Makes additional technical changes.
Amends SL 2017-214, Section 4(b), which requires a candidate for justices of the supreme court and judges of the court of appeals and superior and district courts to indicate at the time of filing the notice of candidacy on the notice the political party with which the candidate is affiliated or any unaffiliated status. Adds that if the candidate's party affiliation or unaffiliated status is the same as on their voter registration at the time they filed to run for office and 90 days prior to that filing, then the party designation or unaffiliated status is to be included on the ballot.
Amends SL 2018-13, Section 2(a), by amending the General Assembly's findings to state that ballot language above the sections of the 2018 general election ballots regarding offices of district court judge, superior court judge, judge of the court of appeals, and supreme court justice setting forth a candidate's listed party affiliation at least 90 days prior to the time of filing, consistent with GS 163A-973, would aid voters' understanding of the 2018 judicial races. GS 163A-973 prohibits a person from filing as a candidate in a party primary unless that person has been affiliated with that party for at least 90 days as of the date of that person filing notice of candidacy and makes a a person registered as "unaffiliated" ineligible to file as a candidate in a party primary election.
Amends SL 2018-13 by amending the language that appears on the ballot before the listing of district court judge, superior court judge, judge of the court of appeals, and supreme court justice offices to state that, "No primaries for judicial office were held in 2018. The party information by each of the following candidates' names is shown only if the candidates' party affiliation or unaffiliated status is the same as on their voter registration at the time they filed to run for office and 90 days prior to that filing."
Amends SL 2017-214, Section 4(c), which allows a person who has filed a notice of candidacy for justices of the supreme court and judges of the court of appeals and superior and district courts to withdraw at any time prior to the close of business on the third business day prior to the date on which the right to file for that office expires, to now also allow for withdrawal before the close of business on August 8, 2018.
Applies to the 2018 elections only.
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