Voting Right Act

North Carolina Voting Laws On Trial

Jul 22, 2015
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Changes in North Carolina’s voting laws have resulted in a court case – a federal trial in Winston-Salem which is drawing national attention because the outcome could potentially affect voting laws in other states. The plaintiffs say North Carolina’s voting law changes violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We look at the arguments in the case, the history of voting rights here and the possible outcomes of the trial. 

Redistricting Battles In North Carolina

May 6, 2015
ncleg.net

In 2011, North Carolina’s Republican legislature redrew the political voting maps. Many saw the redistricting as gerrymandering favoring the GOP over Democrats. The state supreme court upheld the redistricting but the U.S. Supreme Court has asked them to review their decision. The legislature takes issue with that request citing record numbers of minorities who have been elected. We take a closer look at the process and the arguments in play.

N.C. Board of Elections

A federal appeals court ruled in October that some North Carolina voting changes would result in irreparable harm to African-Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court overruled, and allowed the changes to be part of this year's elections. Now lawyers involved in the ongoing case have new data to work with – the state Board of Elections released a final breakdown of turnout Tuesday.

A federal judge will decide within the next month or two whether to put some parts of North Carolina's sweeping election law on hold. All week in Winston-Salem, the U.S. Justice Department, the NAACP, and other groups tried to convince Judge Thom Schroeder that the changes would deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. WFAE's Michael Tomsic covered the hearings in Winston-Salem, which wrapped up Thursday.

In the 5-4 ruling in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority has effectively sealed the fate of one of the 20th Century’s two most important pieces of legislation, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.