Raleigh, N.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court put an end – for now – to the debate over voter ID in North Carolina.
A deadlocked high court refused to hear the state's appeal after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month overturned voter ID and other election law changes, ruling that state lawmakers were purposely trying to keep black voters away from the polls by reducing early voting, eliminating same-day registration and requiring voters to present specific photo identification at the polls.
The Supreme Court's action – or inaction – means that, during this fall's election, most voters won't have to show an ID, an extra week of early voting has been restored and same-day registration during early voting is still allowed.
There's still a mishmash of early voting schedules that the State Board of Elections needs to clear up, however. The 4th Circuit didn't specify how to restore early voting, so many Republican-led county elections boards are trying to curtail that extra week as much as possible.
Meanwhile, the debate over teacher pay rages on. Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP lawmakers are campaigning on raising average teacher pay to $50,000 per year, with the North Carolina Association of Educators argues that is misleading because a chunk of that is due to local supplements provided by individual school districts. McCrory said in an appearance at a school that the basic point is teachers are making more now than a few years ago.
North Carolina also continues to be a frequent stop on the campaign trail. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was in Winston-Salem this week, and running mate Donald Trump plans to deliver a speech on immigration at a Greenville rally next Tuesday. Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine also will be in the state next Tuesday, giving what's billed as a national security speech in Wilmington, while running mate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be in Charlotte Thursday for a fundraiser.