The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] denied [order, PDF] an emergency motion [text, PDF] on Wednesday from multiple counties in North Carolina to extend the hours of early voting. The motion [News & Observer report] sought to extend the hours and days of early voting after the region experienced Hurricane Matthew and judicial changes. The motion filed in October sought to ensure individuals would be able to vote after the appeals court ruled [press release] the previous voter laws were unconstitutional and mandated[greensboro report] a change in the election voting schedule. The early voting in the state began on Thursday.
Voting issues continue to plague this election cycle. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled [JURIST report] Wednesday that Ohio must allow most unlawfully purged voters to vote in November. A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted [JURIST report] a motion on September blocking Illinois from allowing voter registration on election day in the state’s most populated counties. The US Supreme Court [official website] in September denied a motion to reinstate [JURIST report] North Carolina’s recently overturned law that limited early voting to 10 days and required voters to present approved identification cards