Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in N.C. voting case

A fed­er­al ap­peals court on Wed­nes­day blocked some pro­vi­sions of a North Car­o­lina law that bars same-day voter re­gis­tra­tion, say­ing it would dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fect minor­ity voters.

In a 2-1 de­cision, the 4th Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals ruled that North Car­o­lina’s new elec­tions law — passed last year by the state’s Re­pub­lic­an-con­trolled le­gis­lature — vi­ol­ated a sec­tion of the Vot­ing Rights Act of 1965 that pro­hib­its dis­crim­in­a­tion based on race.

“The dis­trict court got the law plainly wrong in sev­er­al cru­cial re­spects,” the court wrote.

Sources: U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals