Press Release: Monday, August 6, 2018
Contact: Rebecca Edwards; firstname.lastname@example.org
Wake County District Court judicial candidate Rebecca Edwards is challenging the unprecedented decision by North Carolina legislators to hide information from voters in the General Election.
Senate Bill 3, passed by the Republican-run legislature this past weekend, retroactively removes the right of certain candidates, including Rebecca, to list their party affiliation on the November ballot.
Rebecca is represented by attorneys Colin Shive and Kenneth Soo of Tharrington Smith and Narandra K. Ghosh and Paul E. Smith of Patterson Harkavay, who have filed an action in Wake County Superior Court seeking an emergency order to stay Senate Bill 3. Republican legislators passed this bill – which retroactively changes the rules for candidates who already have filed for candidacy -- when they voted to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto.
When Rebecca first registered to vote nearly two decades ago, she registered as a Republican. Over the past few years, she has increasingly supported Democratic causes and candidates. Rebecca believes the Democratic Party reflects her political positions, so she changed her registered party affiliation to Democrat prior to filing for candidacy.
Unfortunately, Republican legislators don’t want voters to know that Rebecca and other candidates like her no longer support the Republican agenda. To hide that information about these candidates, they retroactively changed the rules for candidates by blocking them from listing party affiliations if they changed parties within 90 days of filing for candidacy. That’s not fair, and it’s not good for North Carolinians who value the right to make informed choices.
Senator Jeff Jackson, D-District 37, agrees this retroactive rule-change sets a bad precedent for North Carolina and gave Rebecca’s campaign approval to quote a sentence from his objection during the debate of this bill, stating “[i]f you change the rules of this election after it has begun, the court will remind you that there is a more important principal at stake than the outcome of any one election.”
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******AUGUST 7, 2018 UPDATE******
We are very pleased with the outcome of the emergency hearing held yesterday afternoon before the Honorable Rebecca Holt in Wake County Superior Court. Judge Holt enjoined the Board of Elections from printing any ballots and stayed tomorrow's deadline for candidates like Rebecca to withdrawal pending a full hearing on the merits of the case scheduled for Monday, 8/13/18, at 10am.