North Carolina: having ended nonpartisan elections for appellate courts, legislature moves to return partisan elections to trial courts

Last December the North Carolina legislature in a special session returned appellate court races in that state back to partisan contests. Now the push to return trial court races to partisan ones is set for the 2017 session.

HB 100 as filed earlier this week would make Superior and District Court races partisan affairs starting in January 2018. Superior Courts (the state’s general jurisdiction court) have been nonpartisan since a 1996 law while the District Court races (the state’s sole limited jurisdiction court) have been nonpartisan since a 2001 enactment as discussed here.

HB 100 has been filed in the House Elections and Ethics Law Committee.

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