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North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory

Case Information

Date Filed: August 12, 2013
State: North Carolina
Issues: Voter ID, Voting Rights Act
Current Court: Middle District of North Carolina (Case 1:13-cv-658)


Do the provisions of HB 589 (Voter ID requirements) violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (42 U.S.C. 1973) and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the Constitution?


Complaint filed 8/12/13. Answer filed 10/21/13. First amended complaint filed 11/12/13. U.S.'s motion to consolidate cases filed 11/26/13. Answer to amended complaint filed 12/2/13. Case consolidated for discovery purposes with League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard and U.S. v. North Carolina 12/13/13. Motion to Quash Subpoenas to State Legislators filed 1/20/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Production of Documents filed 1/24/14. Defendants' Motion for a Protective Order filed 2/17/14. Order that Motion to Quash and Motion to Compel granted in part, denied in part filed on 3/27/14. Legislative Movants' Objection to March 27th Order filed 4/2/14. Motion to Stay March 27th Order filed 4/2/14. Order granting motion to stay filed 4/2/14. United States' and Plaintiffs' Opposition to Objection as to Order on Legislative Privilege filed 4/14/14. Order that Legislators' Pending Objections are overruled in part and sustained in part filed 5/15/14. Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 5/19/14. Plaintiffs' Response regarding Legislative Immunity filed 6/25/14. Defendants' Response to Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel filed 6/26/14. Order granting Motion to Expedite and Motion to Compel filed 6/26/14. Various Plaintiffs' Motions to Stroke filed 6/30/14. Order denying Motion for Summary Judgment and Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 8/8/14. Notice of appeal filed 8/18/14. Order Denying Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction Pending Appeal filed 9/9/14. 4th Circuit Opinion filed 10/1/14. Emergency Application for Stay filed in U.S. Supreme Court 10/2/14. District Court's Order Granting Preliminary Injunction filed 10/3/14. Letter regarding District Court's Order filed in U.S. Supreme Court 10/3/14. Letter in response filed in U.S. Supreme Court 10/3/14. Discovery due 3/23/15. Mandate issued 5/5/15.

 For appellate case and further district court filings, see  League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard.

See related cases: League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard and United States v. North Carolina.


District Court Documents



Edward B. Foley

The Constitution Needed a Judicial Assist

Edward B. Foley

“The majority contends that its counterintuitive reading of ‘the Legislature’ is necessary to advance the ‘animating principle’ of popular sovereignty.” With this sentence in his dissent (at page 14), Chief Justice Roberts gets to the heart of the debate in today’s 5-4 decision in the Arizona redistricting case.

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In the News

David  Stebenne

Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

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Info & Analysis

Fifth Circuit Affirms that Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

Today, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the Texas voter ID case of Veasey v. Abbott, affirming in part and reversing in part the District Court\'s decision. The Fifth Circuit disagreed that Texas\' voter ID law is a poll tax under the 14th and 24th Amendments. The Court also vacated the District Court\'s judgment that the law was passed with a racially discriminatory purpose, remanding the case for a determination using the proper legal standard and evidence. However, the Court agreed that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act due to its discriminatory effect. The Fifth Circuit remanded the case for the District Court to determine the appropriate remedy.

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