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Currie v. North Carolina

Case Information

Date Filed: August 12, 2013
State: North Carolina
Issues: Voter ID, Voter Supression, Voting Rights Act
Courts that Heard this Case: North Carolina Orange County Superior Court (Case 13-CV-001419)

Issue:

1. Do Voter ID requirements violate Article VI of the North Carolina Constitution?

2. Do the Photo ID costs violate Article I Section 10 of the North Carolina Constitution?

3. Do the Photo ID property requirements violate Article I Section 11 of the North Carolina Constitution?

4. Do Photo ID requirements impose burdens on classes of voters in violation of Article I Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?

5. Do the Photo ID requirements create an undue burden on the right to vote in violation of Article 1 Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?

6. Does the State purposefully discriminate against African-American voters in violation Article 1 Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?

Status:

Complaint filed 8/12/13. Answer filed 11/14/13. Plaintiff's Motion for Judicial Conference filed 9/16/14. Order regarding Motion for Judgment on Pleadings filed 2/24/15. Defendants' Motion to Dismiss filed 6/30/15. Plaintiff's Motion to Amend and Motion for Temporary Stay until after primary election filed 7/2/15.

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor in an article about how the Trump administration dropped a discrimination claim against a Texas voter ID law. Viewed as one of the strictest voting requirements in the country by voting rights advocates, the law required voters to show one of seven valid forms of ID.

A federal appeals court ruled last year that the law disproportionately impacted minorities and those living in poverty. The court required the state to adjust its requirements before the general election. According to court testimony, Hispanic voters were twice as likely to lack proper ID under the law, while black voters were three times as likely.

“Voting litigation is increasing, not decreasing,” Foley said. “The main impression … is that when a law looks like it’s engaging in outright disenfranchisement of a valid voter, even conservative judges have been stopping that. [But] the judiciary is more tolerant with state legislatures adjusting issues of convenience and accessibility, if the adjustment is not outright disenfranchisement.”
 

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Info & Analysis

Three-Judge Panel Finds Voting Rights Act and Constitutional Violations in Creation of Texas House of Representatives Districts

A little over a month after ruling that Texas\' Congressional redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Consistution, a three-judge panel similarly ruled (2-1) with regard to the creation of Texas\' state-level House of Representatives districts. The court issued a 171-page order in which it ruled for the state on some claims. The court also made separate findings of fact. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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