RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - Groups challenging sweeping changes to North Carolina's voting laws will appeal a judge's decision allowing this November's elections to be held under new rules drafted by Republican legislators.
Lawyers for the North Carolina branch of the NACCP filed notice Thursday that they will ask the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond to review an Aug. 8 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder.
Schroeder denied a motion seeking to hold the November vote under old rules, saying the groups failed to show they would suffer "irreparable harm."
The 2013 law is considered among the most stringent in the nation. It makes more than two dozen changes critics say will suppress turnout, including requiring voters to present government-issued photo ID, ending same-day registration and trimming the early voting period.
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