You can add the Wake school board runoff mess to the list of items that the state Board of Elections will handle next week.
The Wake County Board of Elections unanimously voted today to ask the state board for guidance on whether to still hold the Nov. 3 runoff in the District 2 race. That contest could decide the future direction of the school system.
When the state board gets to the runoff issue is uncertain. They'd have to fit it into a busy meeting schedule that begins on Monday with the hearing into former Governor Mike Easley's campaign finances.
Wake County Board of Elections Director Cherie Poucher said she's confident that the state will act on the issue to give the local board some guidance before Election Day. Only the state board has the authority to cancel the runoff.
On Wednesday, school board candidate Cathy Truitt withdrew her earlier request for a runoff. If the runoff is cancelled, John Tedesco would take the seat and provide the vote needed to form a new board majority that supports neighborhood schools.
On one side, the Wake County Republican Party and others critical of the school district's socioeconomic diversity policy want the runoff over.
But on the other side, the state NAACP wants the runoff to continue.
If the runoff takes place, supporters of the diversity policy could mount a campaign to have Truitt get the most votes. Since she has withdrawn from the race, the seat would be declared vacant if she won the runoff. The current school board would then appoint a person who'd leave supporters of the diversity policy in the majority.