Topics: Voting laws

In August 2013, the N.C. General Assembly passed a comprehensive and controversial voting reform bill. The law changed the number of early voting days from 17 days to 10. The law also eliminated same-day registration.

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina. It said some of the provisions in the law discriminated against minorities, violating the Voting Rights Act. 

A year later, the N.C. NAACP tried to get the courts to issue an injunction which would prevent the voting law from coming into effect until the case goes to trial in 2015. The judge denied the claim and the NAACP appealed the ruling.

In October 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled two provisions of the law cannot be enforced, reversing a lower court decision in made August 2014. The decision allowed for the continuation of same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. 

Republicans take the back seat... in voter registration

 The number of voters registered as unaffiliated has surpassed the number of voters registered as Republican— making unaffiliated voters the second largest voting group in the state by about 1,000 voters.


Supreme Court affirms gerrymandering ruling

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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that found North Carolina’s legislative districts were racially gerrymandered in 2011.


Voter fraud report calls for McCrory investigation

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After months of investigation, Democracy NC filed a report saying Pat McCrory’s campaign and the N.C. GOP falsely charged hundreds of voters with fraud in the state’s November 2016 elections.


T.R.U.M.P. Act proposal would require candidates to release tax returns to get on the ballot

A bill in the N.C. Senate would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on North Carolina ballots in future general elections. 


Judge rules against gerrymandering in Greensboro

A federal judge ruled that the redistricting of Greensboro's City Council by the N.C. General Assembly was unconstitutional last Monday. 


Republicans propose nonpartisan redistricting bill

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North Carolina lawmakers have introduced a proposal to change the partisan redistricting process in the state.


Lawsuit filed against Jones County for voting rights violation

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed a voting rights lawsuit in Jones County, North Carolina — alleging that rural black residents are prevented from electing candidates that represent their needs.


Trump asks for 'major investigation' into voter fraud he alleged happened

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President Donald Trump announced he will name Vice President Mike Pence to lead a commission investigating voter fraud in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, aired Sunday.


Year in review: NC voting rights reach federal courts

A North Carolina voting law and the state's voting districts for the General Assembly were contested by federal courts over claims of racial discrimination this election year.


Gov. Pat McCrory concedes to Roy Cooper after weeks of legal battles

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Incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory officially conceded to Roy Cooper Monday, after weeks of challenges to the general election results.


Observers have noted more cases of voter intimidation in 2016

With millions of voters in this crucial swing state casting their ballots today, both sides of the political spectrum will be watching the polls for electoral tampering.


With presidential polls even, North Carolina plays a key role nationally

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With three races too close to predict before Election Day, North Carolina has emerged as one of the most watched — and important — swing states of 2016.


DOJ to monitor North Carolina voting sites on Election Day

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday it will send federal officials to monitor 28 states on Election Day, including five counties in North Carolina.


North Carolina sees historic turnout with over 3 million early votes

As of Monday, the Tar Heel state set a new record in early voting with over three million early votes cast for Tuesday’s general election.


Voter registration deadline extended in 36 N.C. counties

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The deadline to register to vote has been extended until Wednesday in 36 eastern North Carolina counties due to disruptions from Hurricane Matthew.


Early voting plans in five N.C. counties are contested

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A group of voters, backed by Hillary Clinton’s campaign counsel, filed an emergency request in an N.C. federal court over the weekend to expand early voting.


Supreme Court: 4th Circuit voter ID decision will stand for November election

The U.S. Supreme Court denied Gov. Pat McCrory's request for a stay on Wednesday, with four justices voting in opposition to the stay and four in favor.


With voter ID law struck down, ballot accessibility likely to improve in North Carolina

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UNC Senior Jazlin Laboy believes she would've been able to vote for a presidential candidate in the March primary if the North Carolina voter-identification law had not been in place.



'Racial gerrymanders' to stand on election day

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Come election day, some North Carolina voters will submit their ballots within unconstitutional districts — following a ruling early this month by a three-judge panel.


Governor McCrory asks U.S. Supreme Court to issue stay in voter I.D. case

Following a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that overturned North Carolina's voter I.D. law at the end of July, Gov. Pat McCrory has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay on the decision and effectively reinstate the law in its entirety. 


Federal panel struck down NC redistricting plans, calling them "racial gerrymanders"

A three-judge federal panel struck down North Carolina’s 2011 State House and Senate redistricting map today due to its “racial gerrymanders.”


Federal court finds 'discriminatory intent,' rejects N.C. voter ID law

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned North Carolina’s voter-identification law Friday, acknowledging the state’s history of racial and voting discrimination.


Federal court blocks NC voter ID law, citing 'racially discriminatory intent'

A federal appeals court ruled North Carolina's voter ID law violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act — writing that the state law was implemented with “racially discriminatory intent.”


State board of elections investigates fraud in Durham

When new voter-ID laws caused problems at the polls during North Carolina’s March 15 primaries, proponents of the laws argued that they had been enacted to protect against voter fraud.