State election board debates judicial ballot question and governor’s campaign flight records

Two topics of significant state and local interest will be debated at the Tuesday, Aug. 24, meeting of the North Carolina State Board of Elections in Asheville.

Leading the day’s agenda is the recently released report on the 2004 and 2008 gubernatorial candidates’ air travel — the result of an investigation involving discrepancies in Gov. Bev Perdue’s campaign records of private flights. Possible action is anticipated on the findings. Click here to view a supplementary report on the controversy.

Action is also anticipated on an issue of local importance with statewide repercussions — a ballot controversy in Buncombe County’s District 28 Superior Court judicial election to fill two seats (see the blog post “Local Judicial Candidates at Odds over Fall Election Ballot”).

The District 28 conflict will involve presentations by at least some of the candidates or their legal representatives, followed by open deliberations and open voting on the issue, according to SBOE Chief Counsel Don Wright. At issue is whether the two open seats for Superior Court judge will appear on the November ballot as two separate items, as originally decided by the SBOE, or just one race listing all five candidates. Candidate Kate Dreher has petitioned the SBOE to change the ballot format to the latter.

The board meets at 9 a.m. in the ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville. The meeting is open to the public.

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