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North Carolina v. North Carolina NAACP

Case Information

Date Filed: August 12, 2013
State: North Carolina
Issues: Voter ID, Voting Rights Act
Current Court: U.S. Supreme Court (Case 16-833)

Issue:

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?

Status:

Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opinion 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. Responses filed 8/25/16. Order Denying Stay filed 8/31/16. Emergency Motion to Enforce Injunction filed in District Court 10/1/16. Order denying Motion to Enforce Injunction filed 10/13/16. Order Denying Motion for Injunction Pending Appeal filed 10/19/16. Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss Appeal 11/1/16. Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed in U.S. Supreme Court 12/27/16. Response to Petition filed 1/19/17. Reply of North Carolina filed 2/13/17. Reply of North Carolina AG filed 3/9/17. Private Respondents' Motion to Add NC General Assembly as Petitioner filed 3/9/17.

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

District Court Documents

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Documents (first appeal)

 

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Documents (second appeal)

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Documents (third appeal)

U.S. Supreme 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

District Judge Dismisses Georgia Voter Rolls Case

In an order released late Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten dismissed a lawsuit filed against Georgia\'s Secretary of State by the advocacy organization Common Cause, which alleged that Georgia unlawfully removed voters from registration lists preceding the 2016 Presidential election. The case is Common Cause v. Kemp.

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