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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.

Posted on October 8, 2014, at 6:50 p.m. ET

Visitors stand in line to watch arguments on the first day of the new term of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington October 6, 2014.
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Visitors stand in line to watch arguments on the first day of the new term of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington October 6, 2014.

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:

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