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Lawmakers Give Final OK to More Local Government Changes

Angie Newsome via carolinapublicpress.org

The North Carolina legislature has reworked the boundaries for Wake County's governing board and how its commissioners are elected.

The House approved Wednesday a Senate measure largely on party lines. The Senate already approved the bill that was written by Republicans.

The bill now becomes law, since it doesn't need the signature of Gov. Pat McCrory because it's a local bill. The governor has expressed displeasure with fellow Republicans for interfering recently in local government affairs in Wake County and the city of Greensboro. Bill backers have talked about improving voter representation.

The Wake commission ultimately would grow from seven to nine members. All current races are currently countywide, although each commissioner represents a specific geographic area. Now, none of the nine seats will be elected countywide.

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