NC asks US Supreme Court to delay elections law ruling

Posted October 2, 2014 4:53 p.m. EDT
Updated October 2, 2014 6:19 p.m. EDT

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— After a federal appeals court refused to block the implementation of its Wednesday ruling that restores same-day voter registration in North Carolina and the counting of ballots cast out-of-precinct on Election Day, state Attorney General Roy Cooper asked the U.S. Supreme Court to issue an emergency stay in the case.

“Voters in North Carolina have a right to understand the rules governing their exercise of the franchise without flip-flopping of those rules days and weeks before they vote,” states the request, which was directed to Chief Justice John Roberts.

The request cites an Ohio case this week in which the Supreme Court stepped in so that laws trimming early-voting time and eliminating same-day registration could be enforced.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set aside the two provisions of an elections law passed last year, but they denied to issue an injunction against other sections of the law, such as reducing the length of early voting and eliminating straight-ticket voting.

Rev. William Barber, state president of the NAACP, which challenged the elections law, said the injunction should remain in place.

"The 4th Circuit appropriately ruled that the lower court was wrong to claim that this massive voter suppression law would not cause irreparable damage. If any voter is denied their right to vote in November, that is irreparable," Barber said in a statement.