The staggering departures, less than six weeks before election day in a hotly contested battlefield state, come a day after the five-member board unanimously approved the deal, which has yet to be approved by a court. A settlement hearing is scheduled for October 2nd, at which ballot papers stamped on election day can be received six days later.
In a statement, the board said it appreciated the service of the two resigned members, Ken Raymond and David Black, but the unanimous agreement “came after the advice of all board members from agency lawyers and counsel before and during last week’s closed session The agency’s legal staff, who are civil servants, provide the board with thorough legal notes prior to each board meeting and answer any questions the board members have about matters that lie before the board. “
Raymond said he could “not continue with good consciousness”. Black said recent board decisions made it “untenable” to remain a member.
CNN has reached out to the North Carolina Republican Party for comment.
After the deal, the party called it “an obvious abuse” and said in a statement that it “is taking advantage of the requirement of witnesses in absence, extending acceptance of all postal ballot papers almost a week after the legal deadline and weakening protection against ballot harvesting” .
CNN has reached out to the North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein’s office for comment.