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Lawmakers to take vote Tuesday to override veto of bill eliminating judicial primaries

Lawmakers will officially return Tuesday to take a vote on overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656, which would eliminate judicial primaries.

The bill was passed by both chambers last week and vetoed by Cooper early this week. Lawmakers weren’t expected to take up a veto override until January, but members have been whipping votes since the veto.

In addition to eliminating judicial primaries (which you can read more about here), the bill would make it easier for unaffiliated candidates and new political parties to appear on the general election ballot — except for legislative races. You can read more about that here.

Lawmakers are expected to return for the vote at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Both chambers are also scheduled to reconvene Monday but no votes are expected then.

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