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Supreme Court Blocks North Carolina Same-Day Voter Registration, Out-Of-Precinct Voting

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissent.

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed changes to North Carolina voting law to go into effect, blocking an appeals court order that would have allowed same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting to continue in the state.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would not have granted the state's request for a stay of the lower court's ruling. Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined her dissenting opinion.

"The Court of Appeals determined that at least two of the measures—elimination of same-day registration and termination of out-of-precinct voting—risked significantly reducing opportunities for black voters to exercise the franchise in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. I would not displace that record-based reasoned judgment," Ginsburg wrote.

Besides Ginsburg and, by signing on to her dissent, Sotomayor, no other justices explained their view on the case. A majority of justices, however, agreed to the stay request.

The ruling follows a similar ruling from the court this past week allowing new Ohio restrictions on early voting to go into effect.

Read the dissent to the decision granting the stay:

Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.

Contact Chris Geidner at chris.geidner@buzzfeed.com.

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