NC Voters Likely To Judge Sheriffs' Qualifications

Voters in six counties decided in May they didn't want former lawbreakers as their sheriffs. Now, voters across North Carolina are poised to get their chance to remove them permanently from the candidate pool.

The House tentatively agreed unanimously on Wednesday with the proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit convicted felons from serving as sheriff.

Like former Washington County Sheriff and convicted felon Stanley James.

The chamber will need to approve it one more time on Thursday before it shows up on the Nov. 2 ballot. A majority of voters would have to agree before it's added to the constitution.

All of the ex-felons who ran for sheriff in May lost. Sen. Stan Bingham is a chief supporter of the bill. He said the chief executive of a law enforcement agency shouldn't be a criminal.

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