Three North Carolina municipalities have cancelled their request for a judge to block local elections boards from reviewing petitions filed to block involuntary annexations, but their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of this year's new annexation laws continues.
A lawyer representing Kinston, Lexington, and Wilmington said Tuesday they had withdrawn a motion for a preliminary injunction, eliminating the need for a hearing later this week in a Wake County courtroom.
Attorney Charles Meeker said the injunction was no longer needed because Lenoir,Davidson, and New Hanover county election boards recently counted the landowner petitions from areas the cities seek to annex. Those annexations are set to stop because enough landowners rejected the change.
The cities and two other municipalities contend new rules illegally deny non-landowners the right to vote on annexation.
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