The North Carolina NAACP announced that it will ask a federal judge to deny a conservative group's request to delay the state elections board from certifying the results of the November election.
The NAACP chapter's move comes in case filed by the conservative Civitas Center in November. Civitas asked the judge for a preliminary injunction stopping certification of the results until officials have completed a lengthy process to verify the registrations of voters who registered on the same day that they voted. The judge set a hearing for December 8, 2016.
Judge Martha Geer, a partner with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, the law firm representing the NAACP in this case, told reporters on a press call Friday that the Civitas lawsuit is baseless. "They have provided no legal or factual basis to the court — none at all — justifying this injunction that they are seeking," Geer said. "They are not behaving as if they intend to sincerely litigate this case. It seems that they are basically using the lawsuit like a press release to attract media attention that then gives them an opportunity to broadcast their agenda," she added.
Geer said it appears that the Civitas lawsuit is part of a broader strategy employed by conservatives to delay finalizing the results in the election.
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