Vot­ing ex­ten­sion de­nied in NC; pend­ing in Ge­or­gia, Vir­ginia

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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