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New members of NC elections board set to meet

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MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Five new members to the North Carolina Board of Elections, including former New Hanover County Republican Party Chair Rhonda Amoroso, are scheduled to take office and elect a chairman.

The new appointments by Gov. Pat McCrory will mark the first time in 20 years Republicans have made up the majority on the board, which enforces campaign finance laws. The board meets on Wednesday.

Governors traditionally appoint three members from their own political party and two from the opposing party. McCrory is a Republican.

One issue likely up for debate involves evidence of possible campaign finance violations involving $235,000 in checks to McCrory and other North Carolina candidates from an Oklahoma sweepstakes games operator facing felony charges in Florida.

The agency's staff is already investigating the donations, but it takes action by board members to call witnesses or subpoena records.

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