Civitas withdraws request to halt election count, moves forward with federal lawsuit

The Civitas Institute has withdrawn its request to halt an official election count until same-day registration votes went through a mail verification process.

“Our decision to drop the request for the temporary injunction avoids any continued disruption to the conclusion of the election, given the political realities,” said Civitas President Francis De Luca. “It is important to focus on the core issue of the suit, which seeks to ensure the equal treatment of voters under the law. To count ballots without proper verification of same-day registration information discriminates by treating one class of voters differently from another and ignores federal and state laws. We hope all can now focus on the important issue of voter verification. The federal lawsuit will move forward.”

Civitas claims in the 10-page lawsuit that voter registration applications submitted through the same-day registration process violate North Carolina law because they cannot be completely verified until at least nine days after the Board certifies election results.

The announcement to withdraw the injunction was made Monday, the same day Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the gubernatorial election to Roy Cooper.

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