North Carolina is moving ahead with plans to comply with an appeals court ruling that restores same-day registration and counting out-of-precinct ballots for the fall election, a state attorney told a federal judge Tuesday. But members of civil rights groups that sued to restore the activities told U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder the State Board of Elections has to do a better job of letting voters know they will be happening. The board’s website contains inaccurate information, including that “voters who appear at the wrong precinct won’t have their votes counted,” said Allison Riggs, a staff attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. She said that will cause “confusion among voters.” “These are things that can be easily changed and should be changed by this afternoon,” she said.
Senior Deputy Attorney General Alexander Peters said the state would update the website Wednesday with new information about same-day registration.
The hearing was held days after Schroeder issued a preliminary injunction to comply with a majority decision from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled that a provision of a new Republican-backed state elections law that would eliminate same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting would disenfranchise minority voters and should be halted for now. The court ruling was in response to lawsuits from the state NAACP and League of Women Voters, among other groups.