The same three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals which yesterday blocked state provisions eliminating same-day registration and prohibiting the counting of out-of-precinct ballots refused today, by a 2-1 vote, to stay its ruling pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The court’s order is here.
And as expected, the state shortly after asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stay the 4th Circuit ruling.
A copy of the state’s emergency application is here.
That makes two states now with emergency applications for stays in voting rights cases now pending at the nation’s highest court. Earlier today the American Civil Liberties Union asked the Supreme Court to block Wisconsin’s voter ID law from taking effect for the election next month.