Governor Roy Cooper has just vetoed his first bill, HB 100.
The legislation would return party labels to judicial races in North Carolina.
Judges, just like everyone else, are political. They are either liberal or conservative. Party labels give voters valuable information about who a judge is and how they are likely to act. Since most judicial races are between largely unknown candidates, party affiliation is a crucial piece of information.
Often, voters will leave judicial elections blank rather than choosing between candidates at random: In fact, 800,000 fewer people voted in the 2016 election for state Supreme Court that in the presidential race. Roy Cooper knows returning party labels to judicial races will result in more people voting for judges.
This is bad news for liberals.
Roy Cooper led the charge to remove party labels from judicial election ballots as a state Senator in the 1990’s, so of course he would veto this bill.
We already know the legislature is going to override this veto, but let’s send a message to Cooper and tell him:
STOP TRYING TO SUPPRESS THE VOTE!