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After hearing exhaustive arguments over the past year and a half, a federal judge in Winston-Salem is set to rule on North Carolina’s sweeping election overhaul. Two summers ago, the U.S. Justice Department and others suing North Carolina tried to convince judge Thomas Schroeder to put the changes on hold. This past summer, judge Schroeder presided over a three-week trial on whether some changes should be thrown out entirely. And over the past week or so, he heard the final phase of the lawsuits: the challenge to voter ID. 

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. 

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A federal trial starts in Winston-Salem on Monday morning that will have big implications for voting rights in North Carolina and, potentially, across the country. The U.S. Justice Department and several groups are suing North Carolina over the sweeping election overhaul it passed two years ago. Federal appeals court judges have already indicated that some of the changes likely violate the Voting Rights Act.

Redistricting Battles In North Carolina

May 6, 2015
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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.

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Four years after state lawmakers redrew North Carolina's legislative maps, it is still unclear whether those maps violate the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court to reconsider the maps. WFAE's Michael Tomsic and Ben Bradford discuss what this means.


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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.

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Federal appeals court judges ruled Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department is likely to succeed in its argument that North Carolina's election overhaul will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. The appeals court ordered North Carolina to put some changes on hold this November. WFAE's Michael Tomsic joins us now to explain why.

A federal appeals court will give the North Carolina NAACP and other groups one last chance to argue that North Carolina's election overhaul should be put on hold this November. On Tuesday, the court granted an expedited appeal of a federal judge's decision that denied an injunction against some of the changes.

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 A federal judge ruled late Friday against the U.S. Justice Department's request to put some of North Carolina's sweeping election changes on hold. Judge Thomas Schroeder's decision comes about a month after a four-day hearing in Winston-Salem, in which the Justice Department, the NAACP and other plaintiffs said the changes will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. 

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.

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