December 02, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office still won’t explain why it rejected the State Board of Elections’ choice of lawyers to defend against a lawsuit challenging same-day-registration votes.

The decision Tuesday has forced the elections agency to rely on two in-house lawyers, who are also working on other election matters, to fight the conservative Civitas Institute’s claim.

The institute is suing to delay counting ballots cast using same-day registration. Its lawsuit addresses the more than 90,000 people who registered to vote and voted on the same day prior to the Nov. 8 general election.

Civitas says in the lawsuit that there’s not enough time between their registration and the State Board of Elections counting their ballots for the local county boards of election to verify applicants’ addresses. The group wants those ballots removed until the verification process is complete – a move that could delay the resolution of the close governor’s race between Republican McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper.

Cohen Milstein represents the NAACP in this litigation.

The full article can be read here.