Eighth Circuit, Citing Purcell Principle About Not Changing Election Rules Close to Elections, Rejects North Dakota’s Attempt to Revive Voter ID Law for Now


The State of North Dakota moves to stay the district court’s injunction of April 3, 2018, concerning certain subsections of the North Dakota elections statute, N.D.C.C. § 16.1-01- 04.1. Based primarily on the imminent primary election date of June 12, 2018, the motion for stay is denied. See Purcell v. Gonzalez, 549 U.S. 1, 4-5 (2006) (per curiam); Williams v. Rhodes, 393 U.S. 23, 34-35 (1968); Veasey v. Perry, 769 F.3d 890, 892-95 (5th Cir. 2014). The denial is without prejudice to the filing of a renewed motion for stay after the completion of briefing on the merits of this appeal.

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