North Carolina Dems adopt contingency caucus plan
[North Carolina] Democrats signed off on a plan Saturday to hold county caucuses in April instead of a presidential primary should the May 4 elections be delayed.
The party's executive committee agreed on an April 17 caucus to ensure that Democratic delegates will be pledged for presidential candidates in time for their national convention in July.
The timing of the primary elections is uncertain because Republicans are suing legislative leaders over the latest version of district maps for state House and Senate seats. Similar litigation delayed the 2002 primary by four months.
This year, the risks are higher because the state's nearly 2.4 million Democrats also choose their preference for a presidential nominee during the primary.
Under the plan approved Saturday, Democrats registered by April 9 to vote would gather in their home counties April 17. The state party, rather than the State Board of Elections, would oversee the gatherings.