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. 

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Members of the Chapel Hill community vote early at the North Carolina Hillel on Monday. Last year, early voting was held at Rams Head Dining Hall.

A shortened early voting period hasn’t slowed voters

The early voting period for Orange County began Thursday — and so far, recent changes to North Carolina voting laws and a change in the polling location for UNC’s campus do not seem to have significantly affected the number of people who are choosing to head to the polls early.


Voting law changes to impact fall election

Today is the last day to register to vote in North Carolina in the November election, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state law eliminating same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting would take effect.


Court blocks parts of NC voting law

An all-campus email Wednesday said the deadline to register to vote in the midterm election was Oct. 10 — but it turns out students might be able to register and fill out a ballot on the same day when early voting begins Oct. 23.


NC investigating voter form fraud

As a federal appeals court heard arguments Thursday on whether North Carolina’s voting law will impact the midterm elections, the state’s Board of Elections investigated potential voter registration fraud.


Early voting appeal denied at App State

A final push to save Appalachian State University’s on-campus early voting site was denied at the end of August — ensuring students will have to make a 20-minute trek to an off-campus site during November’s midterm elections.


NC NAACP targets 2013 NC voting law

A shorter early voting period and the elimination of same-day voter registration are two parts of North Carolina’s year-old voting law slated to impact November’s elections.


Voting laws spark legal action

New voter identification requirements are sowing legal challenges not just in North Carolina, but beyond its borders — with Texas bracing to become a fresh legal battleground.


Rams Head voting site sees thin turnout

Student voters may find themselves searching for a new voting site next year. The reduced level of early voting at Rams Head Dining Hall has made the Orange County Board of Elections reconsider using the location in future elections.


Lawsuit targets voter ID laws

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against North Carolina on Monday challenging the state’s voting law on the basis of discriminatory intent and joining state lawsuits by the N.C. NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.