Civitas suit: Verify addresses on all one-stop votes

Posted November 22, 2016

— The conservative Civitas Institute has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the votes of people who registered to vote and voted on the same day from counting unless their addresses are verified.

Francis De Luca, president of the nonprofit, acknowledges that the challenge is unlikely to change the outcome of any races.

"Even if they follow what we are requesting, the results aren't going to change in most of the races," De Luca said.

The Civitas suit throws another wrinkle into what is already a complex election landscape. De Luca and his group have complained about same-day registration for years, saying it opens the state up to voter fraud.

"We think it's important to create a record about the chaos and turmoil same-day registration brings to the election process," he said.

Voter rights advocacy groups say that it gives many people, particularly young and poor individuals, an opportunity to vote.

"To count ballots without verification of same-day registration information discriminates by treating one class of voters differently from another," said De Luca. "The State Board of Elections should examine every ballot cast via same-day registration to verify that every vote cast is genuine and legitimate."

Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, holds a slim 6,150-vote lead over Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, in the race for the governor's mansion. The State Board of Elections on Tuesday was hashing out how to handle certain categories of challenged votes.

Attorney Marc Ellis, who works for Cooper's campaign, released a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to the lawsuit.

"Since losing on Election Day, Gov. McCrory has sought to undermine the results of this election. Republican-controlled boards of elections have overwhelmingly dismissed the McCrory campaign’s baseless complaints," the statement said. "Today’s lawsuit by Civitas is just the latest effort to disenfranchise legally registered voters. Instead of attacking North Carolina voters and undermining our democratic process, Gov. McCrory needs to accept his defeat and concede."


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  • Jacob Young Nov 30, 2016
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    Excellent point!

  • Jacob Young Nov 30, 2016
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    "The conservative Civitas Institute . . . "

    You can stop reading right there. You know the rest of the article is biased trash. When does WRAL every say, the liberal Black Lives Matter or the liberal Rev. Barber? Never.

  • James Daniels Nov 26, 2016
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    Same day registration requires proof of residency and identification. By that logic we should verify the signatures on all absentee ballots and the addresses. Should we also be certain that absentee ballot voters really had a valid reason to vote absentee?

  • Terry Lightfoot Nov 23, 2016
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    oHH SO CIVITAS is bringing the lawsuit to 'prove' a point about same day registration? same day was restored DA and Civitas is a POS

  • Danielle Cockrum Nov 23, 2016
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    "To count ballots without verification of same-day registration information discriminates by treating one class of voters differently from another," ...

    If you require EVERYONE to present a license or proof of residency, exactly how is that discriminatory? They're not saying you can't vote at all, you just can't vote more than once and/or outside your district! DUH!

  • John Paul Bertke Nov 22, 2016
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    I hope by now, everyone recognizes CIVITAS as Art Pope and a few of his crackpot friends, forever churning out their mind-numbing, fact-free, right-wing propaganda to any local media outlet willing to print it or post it.

    As for the 2016 gubernatorial election, it's over, and Cooper is our winner, by at least 6,600 votes. No amount of Republican legal wrangling can bring Republicans anything but more embarrassment for their childish, spoiled brat, behavior. They disrespect our Democratic process. Everyone, PLEASE remember their behavior when you vote again in 2 years.

    As for McCrory, if he won't man up and walk away with respect for our Democratic process, then take him away in chains. But take him far away from Raleigh and Charlotte, where, as the vote count clearly shows, he is very unwelcome.

  • Mike Slawter Nov 22, 2016
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    I believe that in their recent ruling the federal judiciary said same day registration was legal and had to be held as previously done. Ergo, if checking addresses is or was part of the process, ok. If not, then no. Follow the rule of law. And yes, I'm for Cooper before any questions fly about that.

  • Holly Atkins Nov 22, 2016
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    They don't see it that way...what they see is they LOST! For good reason too. All that posturing and grand standing when he was first elected and not listening to ANYONE in terms of proper way to do things. Back door agreements and late night signings instead of transparency that he SAID would happen.


  • Rod Runner Nov 22, 2016
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    So all 100 county board of elections are controlled 2 to 1 by Republicans and they're still challenging the results after these boards have already gone through the process?

  • John Beam Nov 22, 2016
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    No we need to throw out all the Democrats votes that are illegal, then McCrory would win.