Breaking: Fourth Circuit to hear expedited appeal of voting rights decision

vote2In an order issued today, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to expedite an appeal of a lower court’s refusal to block voting law changes from taking effect this November, and has scheduled argument on that appeal for September 25 in Charlotte.

That lower court refusal came in the form of  a 125-page decision released at 5 p.m. on August 8 by U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder, who ruled that the upcoming November elections would go forward under provisions of the new voting law enacted by the General Assembly in 2013.

For North Carolina voters, that meant that for this election cycle, there would be no same-day registration, early voting days would be reduced from 17 to 10, and votes cast out-of-precinct would not be counted.

Here is the order.

For more background on the case and the lower court order, read here.

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