CIVITAS LAWYERS IN BALLOT CASE HAVE TIES TO MCCRORY (WRAL-TV) — While Gov. Pat McCrory isn’t party to a federal lawsuit seeking to have ballots cast under same-day registration rules thrown out, the two lawyers representing the Civitas Institute in the case both have recent ties to his administration. Josh Howard and Butch Bowers. Howard is a former State Board of Elections chairman whom McCrory appointed in 2013 and served through much of 2015. Bowers is a South Carolina lawyer who represented McCrory’s office in litigation over the controversial House Bill 2 as well as the sweeping elections measure a federal appeals court struck down this summer.