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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The petitions are in, and the people have spoken but the fight over annexation is far from over. The city of Wilmington and four other cities across the state have filed a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina, the North Carolina Board of Elections, and multiple county’s Board of Elections.

In the lawsuit, the cities claim the law regulating petitioning for annexation is unconstitutional.

“And then the thing they made you do was have an election where only certain land owners were allowed to vote,” said Wilmington city councilman Kevin O’Grady. “So, people who rent, they don’t get to vote. People who don’t live in the area, they don’t get to vote. People affected by the vote, the city of Wilmington residents, they don’t get to vote. That’s un-American and that’s basically what we’re challenging. It’s an unconstitutional election.”

Representative Carolyn Justice says the lawsuit is a waste of time.
“It will be a monumental waste of taxpayer’s money and probably embarrassing for the cities when they’re finished,” said Justice.

Justice says the cities are scrabbling to figure out how to annex even though residents, like those in Monkey Junction and near Southport, have shown in the returned petitions they do not want it.

“Forced annexation ignores the voice of the people,” said Justice. “Just the very action, ignores the voice of people. And now, 75 percent in Monkey Junction, and I think a greater number than that in Southport, have spoken. And now, they’re ignoring that voice. But worse than that, they’re wasting the money, tax money paid by the people who already live in the city of Wilmington on this legal action.”

O’Grady says he thinks the state is the one who is wasting citizen’s time and money.

“I thought it was a waste of taxpayer money to pass a statute that was so obviously unconstitutional,” said O’Grady.

O’Grady says the cities will ask a judge in Wake County Thursday to temporarily stop the Board of Elections from verifying petitions that were due back Tuesday.

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2015 years 11 months ago

I really enjoy you posting anything, regardless of how ludicrous, whenever I post. I never had a groupie before.

2015 years 11 months ago

Ray, have you thought about auditioning for work at one of the comedy clubs? Except for the historic preservation district and a few far too short runs of business blocks what does “downtown” really have to offer? Crime??

2015 years 11 months ago

If someone unfamiliar with the area asks where I live, I name a nearby larger city- not because I am pretending to live there. Your comment about the television and radio stations is absurd. Yes, living one block, two, five, or ten outside city limits means exactly that. There must be a line somewhere.

Not everyone who lives outside of Wilmington is doing so with the intent of sticking-it-to-the-city.

2015 years 11 months ago

How you be in all those places “working” when you are on this board 15 hours a day.
Your employer(even if it’s yourself) is being totally ripped off.
Is this the great work ethic that you like to espouse on a daily basis?

2015 years 11 months ago

The people on the city council should have to pay (personally and not with tax payer money) for the cost of this frivolous lawsuit. I am really sick of these so called leaders wasting the money of the taxpayers. The law is to prevent forced annexation and they should obey it.

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