Contrary to arguments it made at various stages of the voting rights cases here, the state yesterday told U. S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder that implementing the Fourth Circuit’s order restoring same day registration and out-of-precinct voting would be “simple” — according to this letter to the nation’s high court sent by attorneys for the voting law’s challengers.
The representation came as the parties awaited a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the state’s request that the appeals court order be stayed for the upcoming election, based in part upon claims that restoring same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting would be burdensome.
Here’s an excerpt of the letter recapping a status conference held by Judge Schroeder yesterday:
UPDATE: Last night the state submitted a response letter to the Court, saying that although it would have always had to give out-of-precinct voters provisional ballots, it would now have the additional burden of having to count them. The state also said that administering same day registration manually, as it would have to do at this late date under the Fourth Circuit order, was a task election officials had never had to undertake before. Read the full letter here.