Judge directs ballots counted by some DMV registrants

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina citizens who believed they registered to vote through the Division of Motor Vehicles but aren’t on voter rolls this fall still will have their ballots counted because of a judge’s ruling.

Several individuals and voting-rights groups sued last year, saying the DMV wasn’t submitting registration information to the State Board of Elections and North Carolina’s health agency failed to register public assistance clients.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs ordered late Thursday that election officials count ballots cast by citizens who say they registered or updated registration at division offices since summer 2015 but DMV lacks written records they declined to register.

Biggs writes the plaintiffs have shown a strong likelihood of success on some accusations but fashioned relief narrowly given legal disputes exist and Election Day’s approach.