Federal judges change North Carolina voting law with preliminary injunction


JUDGING JUDGES: The judges who would consider North Carolina’s comprehensive voter suppression law include one Clinton appointee and two Obama appointees.

By Ann Kane | WatchdogWire.com

On Wednesday, Oct. 1, just 22 days before early voting, a three-judge panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals placed a preliminary injunction on two aspects of the law set to take effect this election.

The court reversed a previous district court’s ruling which had not granted an injunction to the plaintiffs in the case. Same day registration and out-of-precinct voting will be allowed for the midterm elections.

During the proceedings last Thursday, Judge Wynn stood out because of his “argument” against out-of-precinct voting. He told a story about how close he lives to the next precinct over from his, and he couldn’t see why it would be a problem for him to go vote there as long as he’s in the same county.

ThinkProgress posted an article on Monday suggesting the three-judge panel was a boon for the plaintiffs:

Voting rights advocates in North Carolina caught a lucky break on Thursday, where it was revealed that the panel of three judges who would consider that state’s comprehensive voter suppression law included one Clinton appointee, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, and two Obama appointees, Judges James Wynn and Henry Floyd.

According to Cornell University Law School website Legal Information Institute, “The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit shall determine by rule a procedure for the rotation of judges from panel to panel to ensure that all of the judges sit on a representative cross section of the cases heard[.]” Thus, the makeup of the panel that met in Charlotte last week just happened to favor the Plaintiffs who are also most likely from the Democratic side of the aisle.

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