RALEIGH, N.C. — Same-day registration won’t be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won’t be counted this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a ruling that had set aside parts of a 2013 election law.
A majority on the nation’s highest court agreed to halt the ruling of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Two justices dissented.
The decision means the full law will remain enforced while the state and civil rights groups that challenged the law prepare for trial next summer. The full law was enforced during the May primary as well. (Source: Read more)
A federal appeals court reinstated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting for the upcoming election, but opponents promise an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wilson County Board of Elections officials are trying to determine how the ruling will impact voting plans for the county as well as the training process that starts for poll workers and judges today.
“We would wait for directions from the state board as to what to do about all that,” said JoAnn Hickman, with the county board of elections. “When we do our training, we would just go on with what we planned to do. We will inform them of anything that has come about. If we get something (this) morning, we will include that in the training.”
Right now, the county is not prepared for registration and voting on the same day, she said.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 in favor of suspending two provisions of North Carolina’s new voting law that would have prevented same-day registration during early voting and voided ballots cast outside of a person’s assigned voting precinct. (Source: Read more)
Butterfield Praises Court of Appeals Ruling to Block Changes to North Carolina Voting Laws
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement regarding the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Louis Duke v. State of North Carolina to grant a preliminary injunction blocking several changes to North Carolina voting laws:
“Although today’s ruling did not go as far as I hoped in blocking all the changes to the state’s election laws, I’m very pleased that the 4th Circuit Court prevented the state from ending same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting. This ruling clearly shows that the Republican-led legislature violated the rights of voters, as defined by the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution, when they pushed through a discriminatory bill. I’m optimistic that the plaintiffs will ultimately be successful in their challenge to overturn all provisions of the state’s new voting law—particularly the requirement to show identification at the polls. I’m confident that today’s decision is one of many wins to come in reversing North Carolina’s suppressive election laws, and in restoring fairness and access for all in our voting process.”