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N.C. Judge allows voter ID lawsuit to continue

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published on, September 23, 2015. A judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s photo identification requirement to vote that starts next year, even though lawmakers recently eased the mandate for some without IDs wishing to cast ballots. Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan denied the motion […]

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Hundreds rally in Raleigh for voting rights

| September 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Ken Smith, WRAL, September 4, 2015. Hundreds of people marched through downtown Raleigh on Thursday evening and rallied near the State Capitol in support of voting rights. The demonstration is part of the NAACP’s Journey for Justice march, which began Aug. 1 in Selma, Ala., and is expected to conclude later this month with […]

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House wants to combine all 2016 primaries on March15th

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, September 3, 2014. Lawmakers could be moving all of next year’s North Carolina’s primaries to March 15. The state House on Wednesday rejected a Senate-approved plan to hold only the presidential preference primary on March 15, 2016. Under that plan, the other North Carolina primaries — including those for U.S. […]

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Expert testifies that election law did not affect turnout in 2014

| July 28, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Michael Hewlett, Winston-Salem Journal, July 27, 2015. An elections analyst testified Monday that North Carolina’s new voting law had no discernible impact on black voter turnout in the 2014 election. But attorneys for the N.C. NAACP and other groups suing the state and Gov. Pat McCrory objected to testimony from Sean Trende, the senior […]

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Plaintiffs rest case in federal voting rights trial

| July 27, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Michael Hewlett, Winston-Salem Journal, July 24, 2015. After two weeks, attorneys representing the N.C. NAACP and other groups rested their case Friday, having called more than 40 witnesses who testified either in court or via video depositions, that North Carolina’s election law is racially discriminatory. Now, it is the state’s turn to present evidence. […]

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Presidential primary to be March 15th

| July 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, July 17, 2015. North Carolina will hold its 2016 presidential primary on March 15 under a deal struck by House and Senate leaders late Friday. The tentative measure, which guts the material dealing with paper ballots originally in House Bill 373 and replaces it with the presidential primary language, is scheduled to […]

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Historic trial on NC election law starts in Winston-Salem

| July 14, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Michael Hewitt, Winston-Salem Journal, July 13, 2015. In a crowded second-floor federal courtroom, North Carolina’s controversial election law went on trial, and along with it, the state’s complicated racial history, less than a month before the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The N.C. NAACP, the League of […]

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Voting rights trial opens Monday

| July 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch, July 9, 2015. Trial is set to get underway on Monday in the cases challenging North Carolina’s election laws, nearly two years since state legislators passed and the governor signed what many have called the most restrictive voting provisions in the nation. It’s not going to be a quick […]

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Barber says state ‘blinked’ on voter ID

| June 25, 2015 | 2 Comments

By John Hinton, Winston-Salem Journal, published in Greensboro News-Record, June 24, 2015. A noisy protest staged last week by the state NAACP at the N.C. Legislative Building in Raleigh forced legislators to pass the law that modifies the voter ID law, the Rev. William Barber, the president of the N.C. chapter of the NAACP, said […]

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Supreme Court tosses NC court decision on voting district maps

| April 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Anne Blythe, The Charlotte Observer, April 20, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling that had upheld the state’s Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts. The nation’s highest court ordered the state’s highest court to reconsider whether legislators relied too heavily on race when drawing the 2011 maps, which […]

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