Voting extension denied in NC; pending in Georgia, Virginia
A group of North Carolina voters wanting to expand early in-person voting in the presidential battleground state lost its case before a federal appeals court Wednesday. Voters in Georgia and Virginia still held out hope of extending their registration deadlines.
A three-judge panel on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the emergency motion focused on five North Carolina counties that include cities such as Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Wilmington. A trial court judge refused the same request last week.
The voters’ lawyers said the counties weren’t complying with the 4th Circuit’s ruling in July striking down portions of a 2013 law reducing the early-voting period by seven days. The period now covers 17 days, starting today. But voters said county or state election officials should have allowed more early voting Sunday, in the first seven days of the period, or on the Saturday before Election Day.