Federal Court Overturns Part of NC Voting Reforms


A federal appeals court granted a temporary order on Wednesday that will allow same-day registration and provisional ballots in this fall’s North Carolina elections, but refused to intervene on changes that shortened the early voting period.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Charlotte last Thursday in the case that came after the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly passed a series of changes in 2013. Supporters say the measures are intended to strengthen the integrity of elections. Those who sued to overturn the laws say the changes are unfair because they disproportionately hurt young voters and minorities.

Wednesday’s ruling means voters can register and vote on the same day during the in-person early voting period, Oct. 23-Nov. 1. The temporary order also allows voters to cast ballots even if they show up at the wrong precinct.

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