RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A three-judge panel has heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging a new option to elect some North Carolina Supreme Court justices.
The Superior Court judges listened and asked questions for more than 90 minutes Tuesday about the constitutionality of a law the General Assembly passed last year for “retention elections.” They didn’t immediately rule from the bench.
Supreme Court justices who are initially elected in competitive elections can agree to face an up-or-down vote on for an eight-year term.
A former Court of Appeals candidate and two voters sued, saying the method is a referendum and fails to meet the state Constitution’s mandate that justices be elected by voters. Lawyers for the state disagree and want the lawsuit dismissed.
Associate Justice Bob Edmunds faces a retention election this November.