NYT: Ruling Preserves Voting Rights for Thousands in North Carolina

A federal judge barred three North Carolina counties on Friday from revoking the voting rights of thousands of residents whose eligibility to cast ballots had been challenged by Republican political operatives only weeks before the presidential election.

The ruling settled for now a politically freighted battle, in a hotly contested battleground state, over a move that supporters called an effort to keep elections honest and critics said was a bald attempt at voter suppression.

Judge C. Loretta Biggs of United States District Court in Winston-Salem said that election officials in the three counties had ignored a 23-year-old federal law that lays out specific rules about when and how voters’ registrations can be canceled.

Her remedy, a preliminary injunction, prevents the counties from purging the targeted voters unless a later trial produces a ruling in their favor.

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