NC state elections board set to hire new director

Updated: May. 10, 2019 at 12:07 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The North Carolina State Board of Elections is set to vote to replace its current director during a telephonic meeting on Monday, multiple sources confirm to WBTV.

A spokesman for the state board sent a notice late Friday morning of a NCSBE meeting by telephone for Monday.

The only item on the agenda is to appoint an executive director.

Technically, longtime NCSBE Director Kim Strach has occupied the job on a holdover basis since her official appointment expired roughly two years ago, as a series of new laws, lawsuits and court orders changed the makeup of the board and the responsibilities of the agency.

Before taking the helm as director, Strach worked at the NCSBE as an investigator and played a key role in uncovering election-related crimes that led to the conviction of several top state leaders.

Strach is unaffiliated but her husband, Phil Strach, has represented Republicans in several election-related lawsuits. A majority of the elections board is made up of Democrats who are appointed by Governor Roy Cooper.

WBTV spoke with multiple sources who had knowledge of the board’s planned vote on the condition they not be identified in order to discuss sensitive and ongoing deliberations, the outcome of which is still subject to change.

The board’s plan to replace Strach was first reported by WRAL.

If the board votes to replace Strach at Monday’s meeting, which was expected as of late Friday morning, the decision would come on the eve of the Republican primary in the 9th Congressional District special election.

It is not clear who the board intends to replace Strach with nor when a transition would take place.

This is a developing story. Stay with as more updates become available.

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