A week-long hearing will get underway tomorrow in Winston-Salem in Federal court for the Middle District of North Carolina before U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder. Judge Schroeder is being asked to issue an injunction against the new Republican voter laws that cut the Early Voting period, eliminated same-day registration, and did a jillion other things harmful to ballot access.
If Judge Schroeder agrees with the plaintiffs that House Bill 589 unfairly targets and discriminates against certain classes of voters, he could suspend the implementation of the law for this November's general elections while its ultimate constitutionality is tested.
Winston-Salem Journal coverage of the suit.
What has gone largely unnoticed is that among the plaintiffs are seven North Carolina college students who are also arguing that they have been unjustly targeted, since the photo voter i.d. section of H589 explicitly prohibits the use of university-issued i.d.s as well as out-of-state drivers' licenses. Today's New York Times has in-depth coverage of the college-age plaintiffs.
The hearing that gets underway in Winston-Salem tomorrow is only one of several legal challenges that will fight back against the local and state-wide attempts to fence college students away from ballot access.