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League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard

Case Information

Date Filed: August 12, 2013
State: North Carolina
Issues: Voter ID, Voting Rights Act, Voter Supression
Courts that Heard this Case: Middle District of North Carolina (Case 1:13-cv-00660 ); United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Case 16-1468 and 16-1529); United States Supreme Court (Case 14A358)

Issue:

1. Does the reduction in early voting days, loss of same-day registration, and elimination of out of precinct provisional voting opportunities violate the Fourteenth Amendment?

2. Did the Generally Assembly have a discriminatory purpose, which would violate the Fourteenth Amendment, in passing H.B. 589?

3. Do the limits on early voting days, same day registration, and out of precinct provisional voting violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (42 U.S.C. 1973)?

4. If the Court finds discrimination against African Americans, should North Carolina be covered under Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act?

Status:

Trial on photo identification requirement held beginning 1/25/16. Opinion upholding voter ID law issued 4/25/16. Notice of Appeal filed 5/6/16. Appellants' brief filed 5/19/16. Brief of U.S. as appellant filed 5/19/16. Court of Appeals order extending District Court's stay filed 6/7/16. Appellees' brief filed 6/9/16. Oral Argument held 6/21/16. Fourth Circuit Decision Reversing District Court filed 7/29/16. Motion for Stay filed 8/3/16. Order Denying Stay filed 8/4/16. Emergency Stay Application filed with U.S. Supreme Court 8/15/16. See North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory for filings.

See related cases: North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory and United States v. North Carolina

District Court Documents

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Documents

U.S. Supreme Court Documents

U.S. Supreme Court Documents (second stay application)

 

 

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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.

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