Congratulations to our member the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and our partners the NC NAACP (any many others involved in this suit) for their success in protecting at least some of our voting rights this coming election! The 4th Circuit agreed that some of the new voting restrictions will “no doubt” disenfranchise specific groups of voters. So same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting are back, for now.
If you have time to register prior to the deadline (October 10), we still think you should do that, just to be sure. Despite what those opposed to this ruling may think, we believe that telling voters to register by October 10, and then providing an alternative if they still miss that day, hardly seems like the catalyst to mass voter confusion. Both same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting were designed to help out confused voters; restrictions on those provisions seek to punish that confusion.
So beyond the change to the voter registration deadline, most the advice in our voting PSA is still good as is – the cuts to early voting hours still stand, so plan when you will go vote. And we’ll see you at the polls!
Update (10.08.14): The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), in a 7-2 decision, decided on behalf of the North Carolina’s appeal to overturn the injunction. Meaning what we said originally in our voting PSA – that there is no more same day registration – still (unfortunately) holds true. Read the dissent, written by Justice Ginsburg, here; it’s pretty short and to the point.