State Board of Elections

“A proposed state constitutional amendment establishing a Bipartisan State Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement will be on the ballot this November. H.B. 913 is modeled after the Federal Elections Commission to permanently remove partisanship from the oversight of elections, ethics and lobbying law in North Carolina. Both majority and minority leaders of the state House and Senate would recommend appointments to the independent board, which could not consist of a majority of members from any one party, under the proposal. This board would be extremely insulated from political interference in its day-to-day affairs. Unaffiliated citizens would also be eligible for any position on the board. Control of the General Assembly would not directly influence the ultimate balance of the board. Elections and ethics are too important to be subject to partisan interference, and this board is protected in the strongest possible language. The proposal also prohibits state legislators from serving on boards and commissions and clarifies that the governor may not alter the powers and responsibilities of boards and commissions as established by the General Assembly.” – Rep. Jordan


Amendment Text


Constitutional amendment to establish a bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections to administer ethics and election laws, to clarify the appointment authority of the Legislative and the Judicial Branches, and to prohibit legislators from serving on boards and commissions exercising executive or judicial authority.