Bouvier v. Porter

Voting Rights

This is a North Carolina state court defamation case on behalf of four registered voters who were wrongfully accused of committing fraud in the 2016 elections by voting in multiple states or being ineligible to vote because of felony convictions. SCSJ filed this ongoing claim to stand up for every eligible voter’s right to cast a ballot without being intimidated or facing baseless accusations.

Update as of March 29, 2024:

Who: Four North Carolina voters who were falsely accused of fraud by agents of former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory following the closely contested 2016 gubernatorial race. 

What: The voters, represented by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and pro bono attorneys from Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, filed a defamation lawsuit against former Gov. McCrory’s agents from the Pat McCrory Legal Defense Fund and the Virginia-based firm of Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC. The case is calendared for oral argument at the North Carolina Supreme Court — allowing those innocent North Carolinians whose lives and reputations were upended for simply exercising their right to vote to hold political actors’ malfeasance accountable.  

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2024 

Where: North Carolina Supreme Court, 2 E Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27601 

What’s at stake: This case shows the long and challenging fight of individual voters against all forms of voter intimidation, including when used as pawns in disturbing acts of political gamesmanship. And as we head into what undoubtedly will be another contentious election year, it’s important that the state Supreme Court stands on the side of voters who are seeking to exercise their fundamental right to vote free from false accusations or intimidation.