- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The head of a Raleigh-based conservative think tank is dropping a lawsuit filed while outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory was fighting for every last vote to stave off defeat.

Lawyers for Civitas Institute president Francis De Luca filed papers in federal court on Tuesday to drop the case. The lawsuit challenged the way North Carolina ensured people who use same-day registration to vote are whom they claim.

DeLuca’s lawsuit initially sought to prevent ballots cast through same-day registration be left out of the vote count until the verification challenge was complete.

The voluntary dismissal was filed two weeks after Republican Gov. McCrory conceded his loss in a close race to Democrat Roy Cooper

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