It looks like there could be changes in the membership of the State Board of Elections (SBOE) sooner than expected. According to NCGS 163-19 the Governor will appoint five Board Members to the SBOE on May 1. But, if SB 10 passes and becomes effective before May 1, at least one of the Board Members will get their walking papers at that time.
Section 2.9 of PCS 10 reads:
…limits appointment to the State Board of Elections to three terms; declares vacant the Board seat of any person serving in a fourth or greater consecutive term on the date the section becomes effective, and authorizes the Governor, in specified circumstances, to fill a vacancy occurring prior to April 30 in the year he takes office from a list of nominees provided by each political party.
Since the Chairman of the Board of Elections, Larry Leake (Dem), has been on the Board for 20 years, and is now in his 5th term – his seat will become vacant and the Governor will fill that vacancy.
Two other members Robert Cordle (Dem) and Charles Winfree (Rep) are in their 3rd terms now, so we should expect them to be replaced when the regular appointments are made on or about April 30, 2013.
Can you see me smiling?