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Court blocks parts of new NC voting law

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A federal appeals court panel is ordering parts of North Carolina’s strict new voting law set aside for next month’s elections because it is likely to disenfranchise black voters.

The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals split 2-1 on Wednesday. The court says same-day registration should be allowed and ballots cast outside a voter’s assigned precinct should be considered. It says plaintiffs failed to show irreparable harm if the number of early voting days are reduced by a week.

The voter ID part of the law is not set to take effect until 2016.

The Republican-backed law was challenged by civil rights groups and the US Justice Department. It is considered one of the toughest in the nation.

North Carolina has one of the most closely watched US Senate races.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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