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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Local and state Democratic candidates stole the spotlight from the presidential campaign at a rally Saturday.
The results of November’s gubernatorial election could prompt North Carolina to join 11 other states in requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
A flurry of efforts by Republican state legislators to alter voting procedures has been viewed by some as an assault on voting rights in the state.