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North Carolina Governor Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Voter ID Law

McCrory asks for stay of lower court's ruling and shorter early voting period in place for November elections

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's decision that struck down the state's voter ID law. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday evening requested that the U.S. Supreme Court reinstate the state's voter ID law, which was thrown out by a federal appeals court last month.

The Republican governor requested a stay of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling so that the law would be in effect for the November general election. His administration plans to petition the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the decision. 

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"Allowing the Fourth Circuit's ruling to stand creates confusion among voters and poll workers and it disregards our successful rollout of Voter ID in the 2016 primary elections," McCrory said in a statement.

"The Fourth Circuit's ruling is just plain wrong and we cannot allow it to stand. We are confident that the Supreme Court will uphold our state’s law and reverse the Fourth Circuit."

In addition to asking for the voter ID requirement to be restored, McCrory's request calls for early voting to be again reduced from 17 to 10 days and for 16 year olds to not be allowed to pre-register to vote, according to The (Raleigh) News & Observer

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