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5 ex-governors seek to be heard on amendment questions

August 14, 2018 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s five former living governors want state judges to hear them on why two constitutional referendums should be removed from this fall’s ballots.

Democrats Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue and Republicans Jim Martin and Pat McCrory filed a request Tuesday with a three-judge panel asking that their written arguments be considered.

The judges scheduled a Wednesday hearing on lawsuits filed by current Gov. Roy Cooper and interest groups against Republican legislative leaders that seek to keep referendums off the ballots.

The five ex-governors held a news conference Monday urging the public to defeat the proposals if the questions remain in place. Their proposed brief says they agree with Cooper that the questions mislead people so much as to what the amendments actually do that they are unconstitutional.