Rules Review Commission Shuts Down State Board of Elections Last-Minute Attempt to Change the Rules
August 25, 2022
RALEIGH, N.C. – We agree with the decision reached by the Rules Review Commission. The rules proposed by the State Board of Elections would have made it harder for North Carolinians to observe elections and for election officials to carry out their duties. The NCGOP along with the RNC filed a letter <https://assets.nationbuilder.com/ncgop/mailings/4091/attachments/original/Letter_to_Rules_Review_Commission_re_NCSBE_Temporary_Rules_%288-24-22%29.pdf?1661458152> objecting to the rules on the grounds that, among other things, the State Board attempted to bypass the standard rulemaking process but failed to meet the statutory requirements to do so. This fundamental decision showcases the clear intent of our Legislature to limit the authority and discretion of the State Board of Elections. With this decision, the Rules Review Commission has emphasized the importance of strictly adhering to the law as opposed to allowing the administrative state to run wild and free. “Plain and simple: the Democrat-controlled State Board attempted to subvert the administrative rulemaking process,” said Chief Counsel of the N.C. Republican Party Philip Thomas. “The voters of this State owe thanks to the commissioners who stood up for the Rule of Law,” added RNC Election Integrity Counsel, Kevin Cline. The North Carolina Republican Party will continue to advocate for the adherence to the letter of the law, as set forth by our Legislature, and ensure our elections are handled with the utmost integrity.