RALEIGH, NC (WBTV/AP) - North Carolina governor Pat McCrory says the state will ask the Supreme Court o weigh in on the voter ID law after an appeals court decided it won't delay enforcement of its ruling striking down the state's photo identification requirement and other election restrictions, including reducing early in-person voting by seven days.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the stay Thursday, one day after state leaders' attorneys requested that last week's ruling be set aside as they prepare to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case.
"Changing our state's election laws close to the upcoming election, including common sense voter ID, will create confusion for voters and poll workers," Governor Pat McCrory said in a statement Friday afternoon. "The court should have stayed their ruling, which is legally flawed, factually wrong, and disparaging to our state. Therefore, by early next week, we will be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the ruling of the Court of Appeals."
A 4th Circuit panel had determined a 2013 law Republicans approved amounted to intentional discrimination of black voters.
Thursday's order says the harm to disenfranchised voters outweighs granting a delay. Last week's injunction means no voter ID mandate and 17 days of early voting with same-day registration.