Breaking News: SCOTUS issues NC order, restrictions back in effect

Sure, just after Rick leaves.  Late Wednesday, the Supreme Court stayed the 4th Circuit’s earlier opinion blocking North Carolina’s rollback of same-day registration and its decision to no longer count ballots cast out-of-precinct.    Free of the double negatives: the full slate of changes passed by North Carolina this year, increasing restrictions on the voting process, is now back in effect for the election.

The order isn’t a permanent reversal — it’s a stay awaiting the disposition of a petition for certiorari, if one is filed.  But it’s enough to put the state’s law back in effect this November.  Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissented from the issuance of the stay.  I’ll have more later.


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