Kakistocracy: NC GOP chooses man who sued Elections Board to sit on Elections Board

Civitas' Francis De Luca is the last name that should have come up:

Republicans’ latest attempt to overhaul the state’s elections and ethics board is still awaiting Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto stamp, but the N.C. Republican Party is already nominating members for the new board. Once Cooper vetoes the bill, the House and Senate are expected to override the veto and pass the bill into law. Based on the initial votes on April 11, it appears Republicans have the three-fifths majority needed for a successful override.

That likelihood appears to have prompted N.C. Republican Party chairman Robin Hayes to announce his picks on Thursday. He proposed a list of six candidates, and if the bill becomes law – and isn’t put on hold by courts – Cooper would pick four. Here’s who Hayes picked: Francis De Luca of Cary, leader of the conservative Civitas Institute and a former Ethics Commission member. De Luca sued the State Board of Elections last year seeking to delay the counting of absentee ballots. Stacy “Four” Eggers IV of Boone, a former member of Watauga County Board of Elections.

Don't really care about the other four, because these two dudes take the proverbial cake. Four Eggers is notorious for suppressing the vote on the local level in Watauga County, but De Luca set his sights much higher, challenging the votes of thousands of his fellow citizens, and trying his best to get rid of a process on which countless voters rely, Same-Day Registration:

De Luca and Civitas are requesting “a thorough examination” of voter rolls and full compliance of section VIII, which includes documents on voter registration for the 2016 election and how the state board verified voters’ addresses. “Civitas will pursue every avenue necessary to ensure that every voter is verified,” including another lawsuit, De Luca said.

De Luca filed his lawsuit against the state board Nov. 21. He wanted a federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina to issue a preliminary injunction that prevented the certification of results until it had verified the mailing addresses of more than 104,000 same-day registrants during the early voting period.

The state board said more than 1 million properly registered voters were listed with a “status other than verified” in its database for the Nov. 8 election. The state board did not indicate how many of those properly registered voters actually voted. That figure “excludes any voter whose registration began using same-day registration.”

“This lawsuit challenges a statutory registration process that has for eight years provided opportunities both to register and to vote at certain ‘one-stop’ early-voting sites in the weeks preceding Election Day,” the state board said.

“Whatever the shortcomings of this ‘same-day registration’ process, violation of federal law is not among them.”

It would be real easy to lump this all under the "Trump Effect," wherein you choose a person to lead an agency who is most likely to destroy it. But we can't allow that to distract us, because Pope's Puppets are right here, and not in DC.

Same-Day Registration should not be considered a privilege, but a right. And it is especially important for those on the lower end of the income scale, who are forced to move much more frequently than their affluent counterparts. Apartment leases generally run on six-month contracts, and even if you move just a few blocks, in the very same voting precinct, you need to re-register before you can vote. Same-Day Registration keeps people from losing their Constitutional right to vote, but people like Francis De Luca don't care one whit about the rights of those living on the edge of poverty. They are second-class citizens, and should be happy with the table scraps left from the mighty.

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We selected Election Board members last night,

for our (Alamance County) Board of Elections. Three names to submit, of which two will be chosen by the State Board. I'm still adjusting to the precinct-level operations, with "weighted" voting depending on how your particular precinct performed in the previous election.

My precinct only had eight votes, which means only 800 people voted for Roy Cooper in November. I kinda get why it's done that way, so it encourages you to get out the vote to increase your influence on Party stuff. But it's still a little weird.

I did notice a few of our leaders were a little behind on recent developments, and a little naive about potential consequences. Like "we don't have to worry" about the GOP's election board grab, because the court had thrown it out. When I made the point they were trying again and passed a whole new bill, it was, "Oh, that'll get thrown out, too."

I'm not so sure. They haven't changed the Legislation enough to overcome the Constitutional issues, but that's just my opinion. By giving Roy Cooper the authority to appoint all eight members of the State Board (even if he's forced to choose 4 R's they submitted), the court may step back and let it happen. If it does, that changes how the Dems on county boards will need to operate. They will be evenly matched, with a Republican Chair during important election years. In other words, those Dem board members need to be ready to fight tooth and nail. For every little thing.

County folks sometimes do not follow politics closely

I found out pretty quickly that county officials don't always know even the most basic info - like next election date / which races are on the ballot / which district(s) are in the county. I'm not sure how yours are - you're in a larger county population-wise - but here they usually aren't up on the details.

Regarding BoEs - I actually think it might help if the BoEs were revamped somewhat but I do not trust this GA to have any part in it. They have shown themselves to be extreme partisan hacks!

I've actually softened a little bit

on my concerns about Kim Strach.

Last year, when local election boards were figuring out where and how many early voting sites they were going to operate, she sent out a directive telling them to pay attention to the number of registered voters in their counties, and make sure they provided enough early voting sites to keep election day from turning into an overcrowded fiasco.

It's impossible to know if it really helped, but the effort (in my opinion) was important.