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U.S. Court of Appeals To Expedite N.C. Election Law Case PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 April 2016 05:52

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An order to expedite North Carolina's election law challenge has been issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

A tweet by Joshua Lawson, general counsel at the state Board of Elections, included a link to a PDF of the order. The order can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/4hx0xy3tr9kcr8b/4thCir16-1468_ExpeditedOrder.pdf?dl=0

It reads:

"This case is expedited at the direction of the court. The clerk shall isue an expedited briefing schedule requiring the filing of appellants' opening brief and joint appendix on or before May 19, 2016, the filling of appeees' response brief on or before June 9, 2016, and the filing of any reply brief on or before June 14, 2016. The parties are directed to file four paper copies of their briefs and joint appendix in addition to the electronic copy."

Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 05:53
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest Launches Campaign Ad Supporting House Bill 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 05:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - If there was any question as to whether House Bill 2 will be a factor in down-ballot races this fall, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has provided the answer.

In his first television ad, Forest focuses on the bill as a protection for women and children.

"If keeping men out of women's bathrooms and showers protects just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it," he says.

Forest faces Democrat Linda Coleman for the No. 2 job. He narrowly beat Coleman in 2012. Early polling shows another close race on tap.

Federal Court: N.C.'s Voter ID Law is Constitutional PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 05:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's election law that requires a photo to identification to vote and made other changes to election law is constitutional, according to a federal court ruling handing down Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled in a nearly 500-page document that details his rejection of critics' arguments that the election bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory does not disenfranchise voters.

The trial took 21 days, with the judge considering testimony from nearly 135 witnesses.

Gov. McCrory praised the ruling.

"This ruling further affirms that requiring a photo ID in order to vote is not only common-sense, it's constitutional," he said in a statement. "Common practices like boarding an airplane and purchasing Sudafed require photo ID and thankfully a federal court has ensured our citizens will have the same protection for their basic right to vote."

The ACLU condemned the ruling.

No word yet on whether the plaintiffs, led by the North Carolina NAACP, will appeal.

Absentee Voting Underway For June 7 Congressional Primary Election PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 05:45

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The June 7 congressional primary election has officially begun with absentee voting. Ballots can be requested until May 31.

The state Board of Elections reports that special assistance is available upon request to help voters in care facilities be able to vote. The board assures that those who assist are nonpartisan.

Election Day is June 7. Primaries will be held for all 13 congressional districts, plus a seat on the N.C. Supreme Court and seats on the bench of two Superior Court Districts.

The primary for congressional seats was not held in March due to a court order that said two districts had been wrongly drawn with race as the key factor. The districts were redrawn and have been submitted for court approval. The primary will go forward unless or until a court makes a different determination.

The Supreme Court seat is on the June 7 ballot due to a different court decision. The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that General Assembly action to hold a retention election for a Supreme Court seat that's on the ballot -- rather than a full contested election between candidates -- was unconstitutional.

A full list of candidates can be found at ncsbe.gov.


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