RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina voters have asked a federal appeals court to step in now and force expanded early in-person voting in five counties, alleging their non-compliance with an earlier ruling that threw out a state law scaling early voting back.
The voters filed an emergency motion Monday at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, requesting that it order more voting hours and dates, including Sundays, in some counties. Early voting begins Thursday.
The voters’ lawyers say U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder got it wrong last week when he denied their request. They argue the counties aren’t obeying the 4th Circuit decision last July that found a 2013 law was approved with discriminatory intent against black voters.
The 4th Circuit wants the state to respond by Tuesday.