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United States Fourth Circuit

Duke v. State of North Carolina, 14-1845

This case involves the passage of North Carolina House Bill 589, which instituted sweeping voting-reform. Plaintiffs allege that the Bill violates equal protection and violates the Voting Rights Act. Denial of plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction is: 1) reversed with respect to the Bill's elimination of same-day registration and prohibition on counting out-of-precinct ballots; and 2) affirmed with respect to the provisions reducing early-voting days, expanding allowable voter challengers, eliminating the discretion of county boards of elections to keep polls open on Election Day in "extraordinary circumstances," eliminating preregistration of teens who will not turn eighteen years old by the next election, and the soft roll-out of voter identification requirements.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/01/2014
  • Published 10/01/2014


  • Wynn


  • United States Fourth Circuit


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