U.S. appeals court blocks parts of new North Carolina voter law

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 01, 2014 2:48 PM

CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court blocked parts of a new North Carolina voter law on Wednesday, ruling just weeks ahead of the November election that the provisions would disproportionately impact African-American voters.

Reversing a lower court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that same-day voter registration should be restored. The court also reinstated provisional voting for voters casting ballots outside of their normal precincts.

The state's Republican-led legislature in 2013 shortened North Carolina's early voting period by seven days, ended same-day registration, banned provisional ballots cast outside the correct precinct from being counted and ended a program allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins, writing by Letitia Stein; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)