The 4th Circuit Turns the NC Voter ID Law on its Head


As expected, SCOTUS over-ruled the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday (October 8th) and ordered that all provisions of the NC Voter ID Law would remain in effect for the November elections.  The unsigned ruling was based on a 7-2 vote, with Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor dissenting.  The full story from WRAL is HERE.


According to an announcement by the NC Board Of Elections from earlier today:

The Fourth Circuit today reinstated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting ahead of the General Election in November.  A divided panel ordered the lower court to enjoin enforcement of new election procedures that eliminated same-day registration and required that a voter cast her ballot in her properly assigned precinct.

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper is expected to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court as soon as possible, probably this week, with the objective of getting SCOTUS to stay the 4th Circuit’s wacky decision.  There is good reason to believe that the Supreme Court would grant such a stay, and the details are HERE.

The 4th Circuit acted on a petition from multiple parties who oppose the NC Voter ID Law, lead by the NC League of Women Voters.