Excerpt From: WRAL. Written By: Matthew Burns and Laura Leslie.
House members voted along party lines Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that would require anyone seeking election to a trial court judgeship to run under a party label.
The override effort now moves to the Senate.
Cooper issued his first veto last Thursday, saying House Bill 100 introduces too much politics into state courtrooms.
Until the 1990s, North Carolina elected judges in partisan races, but lawmakers at the time, including Cooper, who was then a state senator, voted to have judges run without Republican or Democratic labels to better insulate them from political pressure.