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Federal Court: N.C.'s Voter ID Law is Constitutional PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 05:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's election law that requires a photo to identification to vote and made other changes to election law is constitutional, according to a federal court ruling handing down Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled in a nearly 500-page document that details his rejection of critics' arguments that the election bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory does not disenfranchise voters.

The trial took 21 days, with the judge considering testimony from nearly 135 witnesses.

Gov. McCrory praised the ruling.

"This ruling further affirms that requiring a photo ID in order to vote is not only common-sense, it's constitutional," he said in a statement. "Common practices like boarding an airplane and purchasing Sudafed require photo ID and thankfully a federal court has ensured our citizens will have the same protection for their basic right to vote."

The ACLU condemned the ruling.

No word yet on whether the plaintiffs, led by the North Carolina NAACP, will appeal.

 
Absentee Voting Underway For June 7 Congressional Primary Election PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 05:45

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The June 7 congressional primary election has officially begun with absentee voting. Ballots can be requested until May 31.

The state Board of Elections reports that special assistance is available upon request to help voters in care facilities be able to vote. The board assures that those who assist are nonpartisan.

Election Day is June 7. Primaries will be held for all 13 congressional districts, plus a seat on the N.C. Supreme Court and seats on the bench of two Superior Court Districts.

The primary for congressional seats was not held in March due to a court order that said two districts had been wrongly drawn with race as the key factor. The districts were redrawn and have been submitted for court approval. The primary will go forward unless or until a court makes a different determination.

The Supreme Court seat is on the June 7 ballot due to a different court decision. The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that General Assembly action to hold a retention election for a Supreme Court seat that's on the ballot -- rather than a full contested election between candidates -- was unconstitutional.

A full list of candidates can be found at ncsbe.gov.

 
GOP Presidential Candidates Weigh In On HB2 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 April 2016 06:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's House Bill 2 is now an issue in the Republican campaign for president.

Delegate leader Donald Trump says he opposes the state law that overturned Charlotte's bathroom ordinance, requiring transgendered individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds to their anatomical sex rather than their identity.

Trump said the state is "paying a big price" and that there have been few problems with these types of laws.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz opposes HB 2. He called it common sense privacy protection. In a tweet, he said men shouldn't be in the bathroom with little girls.

 
Ruling On Legislative District Challenge Several Weeks Away PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 05:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Closing arguments were heard Friday in the challenge to North Carolina's legislative districts, with a ruling not expected for several weeks.

At the heart of the case before a Greensboro federal court is whether lawmakers drew too many districts with majorities of the African-American voting-age population. More than two dozen are in question.

A separate case has challenged the legality of two congressional districts. A court ruled Districts 1 and 12 were wrongly drawn with race as the key factor and ordered new districts. That new map has been submittted for approval. A June 7 congressional primary has been scheduled based on the new map.

 
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