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NC House considers shifting judicial races back to partisan

RALEIGH (AP) — Republicans want candidates for North Carolina appellate court judgeships to reveal their party affiliation on the ballot.

The House scheduled floor debate Thursday to shift races for state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals back to being partisan races. They’ve officially been nonpartisan races for more than 10 years.

Bill supporters say the party labels help voters know more about candidates and boost turnout for these races. Democrats speaking out on the measure in committee this week said partisanship should stay out of matters of justice.

The races became nonpartisan in 2004 at the same time Democrats in charge of the General Assembly at the time created a voluntary public financing program for the appellate races. That program has since been repealed.

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