CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this article failed to clarify the role student government will play in election events. While Director of State and External Affairs Wilson Parker will organize get-out-the-vote events as president of UNC Young Democrats, all student government activities related to November elections will be organized by External Chairwoman Diana Dayal. Parker said student government, as a whole, aims to be nonpartisan in its approach to elections. The story has been updated to reflect this change.
And the state’s chapter of the NAACP wants to put that possibility to rest.
A federal judge on Aug. 8 declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have delayed the implementation of the law — but the N.C. NAACP and the state’s League of Women Voters joined on Friday to appeal that decision.
The groups say the regulations shouldn’t apply until a lawsuit challenging the law goes to trial in July 2015.
“We must start now by doing everything we can to block this law for the November election,” said the Rev. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, in a statement.
The law, passed by the N.C. General Assembly in 2013, is best known for its voter identification provision, which will require voters to present a state-issued ID at the polls beginning in 2016.
The provisions that eliminated same-day registration, cut early voting from 17 days to 10 days and threw out straight-ticket voting all took effect Jan. 1.