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Wednesday February 8th

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. 

McCrory released a statement Monday afternoon where he said the N.C. voter I.D. law was common sense and had been used as a model in other states before he criticized the earlier court's decision.

"Allowing the Fourth Circuit's ruling to stand creates confusion among voters and poll workers and it disregards our successful rollout of Voter ID in the 2016 primary elections," he said in the statement. "The Fourth Circuit's ruling is just plain wrong and we cannot allow it to stand."

The Supreme Court requires five justices to agree in order to issue a stay on an earlier ruling. Due to Congressional impasse, there are currently eight justices on the Supreme Court.

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