Lawsuits challenging voting law will go to trial after 2014 elections
U.S. District Judge Joi Peake set a trial date of July 2015 for three lawsuits challenging sweeping voting law changes passed by the state legislature earlier this year. Peake said she would consider a request for an injunction to block some of the law’s provisions until after the trial.
Via the News & Record:
Plaintiffs in the suits were hoping for a summer 2014 trial date, so that the issues could be resolved before the midterm elections.
During today’s hearing, attorneys for the state contended that they needed more time to conduct depositions and gather data, and asked for a trial date in 2015.
News & Record – Lawsuits challenging N.C. voting law to go to trial in 2015
The Voter Identification Verification Act reduces early-voting days, eliminates same-day registration during early voting, and prohibits the counting of provisional ballots cast in the wrong districts. The law also requires voters to show government-issued photo ID at polls, though this provision is not scheduled to take effect until 2016.
Full Carolina Mercury article may be found here.