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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: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Case 14-1856)

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 Fourth and Fifteenth Amendments of the Constitution?

Status:

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.

 

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

 

Circuit Court of Appeals Documents

District Court Documents

 

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

Seventh Circuit Issues Opinions Regarding Stay in Wisconsin Voter ID Case

A divided Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued opinions today on its denial of a motion for reconsideration. A 3-judge panel of the court granted a stay last week allowing Wisconsin's voter ID law to take effect. The cases are Frank v. Walker and LULAC v. Deininger.

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