Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday he's restoring voting rights for 13,000 felons who registered to vote after he restored the rights of more than 200,000 felons earlier this year. His last move was challenged by state Republicans in court, and they won. This time, McAuliffe says he's restored the rights one by one, which he says is legal.
A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down a North Carolina law that requited voter identification. The unanimous decision found the law was "passed with racially discriminatory intent."
A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a case challenging North Carolina's 2013 voting law that eliminated a week of early voting and made other changes that opponents say discriminate against African-American voters in violation of the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. It's part of a broader national fight over voting rights.
A federal district judge upheld North Carolina's new voting law, including requirements that voters show a government-issued photo ID at the polls and only vote in the correct precinct. Opponents of the law say they will appeal, but the decision could be in effect for the November elections, which voter advocates say might mean some voters, especially minorities, will be disenfranchised. The judge said that did not appear to be the case.
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