- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that two provisions of the 2013 elections law in North Carolina should be set aside while lawsuits are pending.

Should the 2-1 decision stand, same-day registration during early voting will resume and ballots cast on Election Day in the wrong precinct would again be counted.

But several parts of the law used during the May primary will remain intact Nov. 4. They include:

- The early-voting period will remain at 10 days, down from 17 days.

- A photo-identification requirement to vote in person doesn’t start until 2016, but poll workers will ask voters whether they own a qualifying photo ID and, if not, provide them information about how to obtain one.

- Straight-ticket voting has been repealed.

- County election boards still aren’t allowed to keep polls open an additional hour on Election Day in “extraordinary circumstances.” Only the State Board of Elections can extend a poll’s closing time for a time equal to what was lost due to a delayed opening or problem.

- County political parties can still designate additional at-large poll observers, with up to three at any polling place.

- Any registered voter in a county can file formal challenges to individual votes on Election Day in the county. Before, it was limited to someone living in the precinct where the vote was cast.

- A program that allowed 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote at age 18 remains repealed.

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Source: 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling; Democracy North Carolina; State Board of Elections.


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