Court Issues Injunction Against Parts Of NC's Voter Suppression Law
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an injunction that will block parts of the voter suppression law passed by the General Assembly last year. The ruling will allow same day registration as well as provisional voting, both things the voter suppression law ended. From WTVD's article,
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a federal district court's denial of a preliminary injunction on some parts of North Carolina's controversial new voter ID law.
The higher court will delay elimination of same-day registration and prohibition on counting out-of-precinct ballots.
But, the appeals court refused to issue a temporary injunction reducing early-voting days, the elimination of the discretion of county boards of elections to keep the polls open an additional hour on Election Day, the elimination of pre-registration of sixteen and seventeen-year-olds who will not be eighteen years old by the next general election, and the soft roll-out of voter identification requirements that will go into effect in 2016.
"With respect to these provisions, we conclude that, although Plaintiffs may ultimately succeed at trial, they have not met their burden of satisfying all elements necessary for a preliminary injunction," wrote the court in its opinion.
Click here to read the full opinion (.pdf)
The elections law approved by the GOP-led legislature and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory requires citizens to show one of several types of photo identification cards to vote by 2016. This year, voters only are being asked if they have an ID and told how to get one if they don't.
Critics of the law complain it also reduced early voting from 17 days to ten, ended same-day registration during the early-voting period and prohibited counting votes cast in the wrong precinct. Straight-party voting also ended.
The changes and the pending photo ID mandate have created a rallying cry for opponents of the Republican agenda at the General Assembly, anchoring the "Moral Monday" movement. It's also spawned four separate lawsuits - including three federal cases - that call the measure discriminatory to minority voters.