voter ID laws

Still No N.C. Governor-Elect as Voting Charges Echo Trump’s Claims
McCrory may have to concede it’s less about the system than about him

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks at the Wake County Republican Party 2016 County Convention at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh, N.C., in March 2016. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nov. 8 was weeks ago, and yet the election’s aftermath continues. On the national stage and in the headlines, the winners, losers and those who barely made a dent are unhappy and are doing something about it, from recounts to tweets to repeating debunked conspiracy theories of hordes of illegal voters.

In North Carolina, folks are saying, “Welcome to the club!”

Do Donald Trump and the GOP Really Differ on ‘Rigged Voting?’
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One of the many disagreements between House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in recent weeks has been over the integrity of the electoral system.

Though Ryan said he has already voted “for our nominee,” he objected strenuously to Trump’s talk of a rigged election in mid-October, with his spokeswoman AshLee Strong saying, “Our democracy relies on confidence in election results, and the speaker is fully confident the states will carry out this election with integrity.”

Supreme Court Refuses to Restore North Carolina Voter ID Law
4-4 split seen as helping Democrats in key battleground state

A split Supreme Court left in place an appeals court ruling that blocked North Carolina's voter photo ID law. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to allow North Carolina’s voter photo ID law to be enforced during this fall’s elections — a decision likely to help Democrats in the important battleground state.

The justices split 4-4 on a request from the state's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and other GOP leaders in the state legislature to overturn a lower court opinion that blocked several provisions of the election law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit found the state General Assembly had enacted provisions of the law with discriminatory intent.

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.