Before the NC House attempts to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the magistrates recusal bill, they might want to review the findings of an informal survey conducted by several of the state’s Registers of Deeds.
Here’s more from the Buncombe County Register of Deeds:
The majority of Registers of Deeds from across the state do not have a favorable opinion of Senate Bill 2, according to a survey released today.
This is the first such survey of the officials whose offices issue marriage licenses and who would therefore be required to implement Senate Bill 2.
Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger said he undertook the survey with the assistance of several fellow Registers. The survey began last week and closed today. Senate Bill 2 is tentatively set for a veto override vote in the NC House tonight.
The survey asked respondents “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Senate Bill 2?” Of the 54 Registers who responded, 51 reported an unfavorable opinion. Only 3 reported a favorable opinion.
Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed Senate Bill 2 in May on the grounds that it would exempt public officials from upholding their oaths of office. The North Carolina Association of Registers of Deeds (NCARD) has not taken a position on SB 2.