Policy Brief: Cooper veto Ford-backed bill to stop private money from funding election – Salisbury Post
Governor Roy Cooper last week vetoed a bill backed by local lawmakers that would have prohibited state and county election councils from receiving private money from nonprofits to organize elections. elections.
Last year, the State Council of Elections received a grant from the left-wing nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life for $ 1 million to purchase six million single-use pens that were distributed in the 100 counties to be used on voting sites, according to Raleigh News & Observer. It also used $ 2.28 million to offer bonuses to more than 10,000 workers in all counties who have one-stop-shop early voting sites.
The NCSBE also received a grant totaling $ 1.4 million from the Center for Election Innovation & Research to send two direct mailings on postal voting procedures and security measures implemented at the sites. vote at every household in the state.
“Elections are fundamental to our democracy and in 2020 grants from non-partisan nonprofits were needed for necessities such as masks, disposable pens and other protective gear to keep voters safe during the pandemic, “Cooper said in his veto message. “The legislature should start funding electoral councils properly to ensure accessible, safe and secure elections every time, which would end the need for subsidies. “
In addition to the state funding given out each year, Rowan County Electoral Council director Brenda McCubbins said the council received about $ 244,000 from the federal election security fund HAVA, which comes from the Help America Act. Vote Act of 2002. In addition, the county has allocated $ 52,000 from its Coronavirus Relief. Funds for the 2020 elections.
The vetoed bill, Senate Bill 725, was passed by both the Senate and the House along party lines. Senator Carl Ford, a Republican representing Rowan and Stanly counties, was among the co-sponsors of the legislation.
SB 725 was one of many Ford-backed electoral reform bills. Ford sponsored SB 326, considered the “Election Day Integrity Act,” which also garnered support only from Republicans. Current law allows postmarked mail ballots on election day or before three more days to arrive and be counted, but SB 326 sought to move this deadline to election day. The bill would only have allowed ballots to be received after election day if they came from deployed military personnel. Such legislation comes after Republicans’ criticism of a legal settlement reached before the 2020 general election during the pandemic to add nine more days to that deadline. Republicans have made efforts to include in the state budget a provision preventing such regulations for future elections.
Ford, as well as Rep. Harry Warren, a Republican from Rowan County, told the Post they were not planning any efforts to override the governor’s vetoes, but electoral reform will be a top priority during the legislative session. next year.
Republicans and Democrats to throw Christmas parties this week
Rowan County’s Republican Women’s Group and the Democratic Party will be hosting Christmas parties this week.
Republican women are invited to a Christmas party at 824 Courtside Drive Thursday at 6 p.m. Guests are asked to bring their friends, along with a snack to share and a $ 10 gift for Dirty Santa.
Democrats will hold their Christmas party at Rowan Helping Ministries in 226 N. Long St. Wednesday at 2 p.m. Over the weekend, Democrats collected goodies for the shelter, ranging from new clothes, toiletries, scarves, gloves and hygiene products.
Rowan County Republicans hosted a Christmas party last week at 130 West Innes Street, where county commissioners meet for their regular meetings.
Governor Cooper elected to lead Democratic Governors Association
After serving as vice president for 2021, Governor Cooper will serve as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in 2022 to help party candidates win next year’s election.
Cooper succeeds Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico. There will be 36 gubernatorial races across the country, with Republicans currently ruling 27 states and the remaining 23 being led by Democratic governors.
In a Twitter post about Cooper’s new role, the organization said there were some tough races ahead in 2022, but “the party’s record of success is clear.”
“We’ve proven that we can win anywhere – whether it’s on the presidential battlefields or in the states Trump has won by 30 points – and we’ll prove it again in 2022,” the association said. .
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has been elected vice president and is expected to serve as president in 2023.
“Governors are the last line of defense and the first chance for progress,” Cooper said in a tweet about his new role. “I can’t wait to put victories on the board in 2022.”