The Latest: N Carolina lawmakers override election bill veto

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina lawmakers considering an override of the governor’s veto of legislation that he says would add secrecy to campaign finance investigations. (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

North Carolina lawmakers have overridden the governor’s veto of legislation that will allow the state elections board to keep confidential any allegations of campaign fundraising law violations.

The state House and Senate on Thursday voted to retain the law, which also will affect the country’s last undecided congressional race. The law will require new primaries and a new general election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District if the state elections board looking into an ongoing case of ballot fraud decides it’s necessary.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said he vetoed the measure because it added new confidentiality requirements for campaign finance investigations. The law also dictates that a separate commission will secretly review whether prosecutors are notified of such investigations.

Defending the confidentiality provision, Republican State Rep. Sarah Stevens says politicians need the opportunity to offer their side before unproven allegations become public.

3:25 p.m.

North Carolina lawmakers are moving forward with an override of the governor’s veto of legislation that he says would add secrecy to campaign finance investigations.

The state House on Thursday voted to retain the multilevel elections legislation law despite Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto last week. The Senate is expected to vote later Thursday.

The legislation would affect the last undecided congressional race in the country at the center of a ballot-fraud investigation. It would require new primaries as well as a new general election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District if the state elections board deemed new voting is necessary.

Cooper says he vetoed the measure because of an added section that would make confidential future state elections board investigations of potential campaign finance misdeeds.

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11:15 a.m.

North Carolina lawmakers are delaying plans to consider overriding the governor’s veto of legislation he says would add secrecy to campaign finance investigations.

The state House and Senate met briefly Thursday with only a scattering of legislators and postponed action until the afternoon.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper last week vetoed legislation affecting the last undecided congressional race in the country at the center of a ballot fraud investigation. The bill would require new primaries as well as a general election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District if the state elections board deems new voting is necessary.

Cooper says he vetoed the measure because of an added section that would make confidential future state elections board investigations of potential campaign finance misdeeds.

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6:15 a.m.

North Carolina lawmakers are scheduled to consider overriding the governor’s veto of legislation he says would add secrecy to campaign finance investigations.

The Republican-controlled North Carolina House and Senate are meeting Thursday and are expected to discuss a veto override.

The elections bill would also require new primaries — not just a general election — in a disputed congressional race if the state elections board deems new voting is necessary.

That’s not the part Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper cited in his veto decision. Rather, he said he vetoed the bill because of a measure that would make future state elections board investigations of campaign finance allegations confidential.

Cooper issued a statement Wednesday asking voters to contact legislators and ask them to negotiate with him instead of overriding his veto.

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