RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the fallout after a federal appeals court panel struck down North Carolina’s voter identification legislation as discriminatory against black voters (all times local):
Lawyers representing Gov. Pat McCrory and the state of North Carolina are trying to delay enforcement of a federal appellate panel’s ruling overturning the voter restrictions Republicans approved three years ago.
The attorneys Wednesday filed a request with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hold back its decision that a 2013 law must be blocked because it was passed with “discriminatory intent” against black voters.
The motion says the delay is needed because the attorneys will soon appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and because changes to voting laws shouldn’t be made this close to the November election.
The appellate ruling also overturns the decision of a federal trial judge in April that upheld the 2013 law.
McCrory’s rival this year, Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, is not involved in this appeal.
A federal court decision last week striking down North Carolina’s law requiring photo identification to vote could make it easier for people to cast ballots this fall.
But this and other changes to the state’s voting rules also create an election year disruption that could confuse voters as they wind their way through the electoral process.
Photo identification was required for the first time in this year’s primaries, but barring a legal delay, it’s no longer mandated. Early voting will also be extended to 17 days, up from 10. It also means seven additional days of same-day voter registration during early voting.
State election officials now must scramble to retool their training programs and manuals for precinct workers.