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General Assembly amends school board elections law after WBTV investigation

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The North Carolina General Assembly passed a new law Thursday that clears the way for a member of the Cleveland County School Board to run for re-election.

School board member Kathy Falls was practically barred from seeking re-election this year when the legislature passed a bill in the final hours of its regular session this past June that switched the election for Cleveland County School board from non-partisan to partisan.

Falls, who is registered as an unaffiliated voter, would have had to have collected thousands of signatures in less than 24 hours in order to qualify for the ballot.

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Republican House Speaker Tim Moore, who represents Cleveland County, told WBTV the bill was an oversight that came as a result of trying to quickly pass legislation at the end of a session.

Falls hired an attorney who got a judge to issue an order temporarily altering the law last month.

The new bill requires Falls to get the signatures of 500 registered voters in Cleveland County in order to qualify to run for re-election in 2017. The change only applies to this year’s election.

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