Category Archives: North Carolina

North Carolina’s Battle for Voter Identification

By: Collin Crookenden With the recent invalidation of the coverage formula set forth in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, several previously covered districts implemented stricter voting requirements. In 2013, immediately following the invalidation, North Carolina enacted Session Law 2013-381 … Continue reading

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Federal Court Ruling Creates Chaos for North Carolina Primaries But There May Be a Solution

By: Blake Willis Election litigation has experienced a new spike in recent years, with many states being involved with litigation over redistricting plans, Voter I.D. laws, and other ballot access issues. Since the inception of litigation under the Voting Rights … Continue reading

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North Carolina’s 2013 Voting Laws Were Struck Down By the 4th Circuit, But The State May Not Be Out of the Legal Fights Yet

By: Blake Willis When the Fourth Circuit struck down North Carolina HB 589, the notorious law which toughened voter-ID requirements, limited early voting, and limited same-day registration, many who champion voter rights believed that North Carolina’s long-standing history as a state … Continue reading

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Crafting Competitive Criteria: The Institution is Critical

By: Benjamin Williams With the rapid increase in political polarization in recent years, momentum is building in several states to dramatically alter the redistricting process after the 2020 Census. True to the idea of the states being laboratories of democracy, there … Continue reading

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Linda Greenhouse Speaks at William & Mary School of Law

By: Caiti Anderson & Kelsey Dolin William & Mary Law School had the pleasure of hosting Linda Greenhouse on September 22. Ms. Greenhouse is a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times who has covered the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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North Carolina’s Stringent Voter I.D. Law Gets a Make-Over

By Laura Wright Amidst ongoing litigation, North Carolina recently passed a new law that changes its controversial voter I.D. laws. The 2013 voter laws were swept in with other changes to elections and, were considered to be the most stringent … Continue reading

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The Front-Loading Problem: North Carolina Joins the Primary

By: Laura Wright On September 24th, the North Carolina legislature passed House Bill 373 which, if signed by Governor Pat McRory, will move North Carolina’s presidential, state, and local primaries up from May to March 15th. Sponsored by Riddell (R), … Continue reading

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If You Build It, They Will Come: College-Age Voters in North Carolina

By: Julie Tulbert As another election season wraps up, the eternal question remains: why don’t young people vote in midterm elections?  

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Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: Absentee Voting in North Carolina

By: Julie Tulbert All eyes are on the Supreme Court as we wait to find out what they will do with North Carolina’s emergency appeal of the 4th Circuit’s decision to grant an injunction against two provisions of the state’s Voter … Continue reading

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Unlikely Challenge: North Carolina Election Challenge Procedures and Write-In Candidates

by Justin Moore “You can’t beat somebody with nobody”. On Election Day 2012, President Obama was re-elected, and North Carolina elected a Republican Governor for the first time in two decades. But there were thousands of other races further down … Continue reading

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