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Currie v. North Carolina

Case Information

Date Filed: August 12, 2013
State: North Carolina
Issues: Voter ID, Voter Supression, Voting Rights Act
Current Court: North Carolina Orange County Superior Court (Case 13-CV-001419)

Issue:

1. Do Voter Id requirements violate Article VI of the North Carolina Constitution?

2. Do the Photo Id costs violate Article I Section 10 of the North Carolina Constitution?

3. Do the Photo Id property requirements violate Article I Section 11 of the North Carolina Constitution?

4. Do Photo Id requirements impose burdens on classes of voters in violation of Article I Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?

5. Do the Photo Id requirements create an undue burden on the right to vote in violation of Article 1 Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?

6. Does the State purposefully discriminate against African-American voters in violation Article 1 Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?

Status:

Complaint filed 8/12/13. Answer filed 11/14/13. Plaintiff's Motion for Judicial Conference filed 9/16/14. Order regarding Motion for Judgment on Pleadings filed 2/24/15.

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Commentary

In the News

David  Stebenne

Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

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Info & Analysis

New Ohio Voting Case Filed

Several plaintiffs recently filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, alleging that voting laws enacted by Ohio's Republican-controlled General Assembly since November 2012 violate various federal constitutional provisions as well as the Voting Rights Act. According to the complaint, the General Assembly has enacted laws that burden all Ohio voters but that were designed to and will disproportionately burden specific populations, particularly African-Americans, Latinos, and young people.

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