North Carolina COVID-19 Election Relief*
Stringer v. North Carolina
On behalf of individual voters, and sponsored by the National Redistricting Foundation and Right to Vote Foundation, we sued North Carolina over the State’s vote by mail restrictions. Even though North Carolina permits no-excuse vote by mail as an option, the remaining restrictions compounded with the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 disenfranchises voters. We challenged the lack of prepaid postage, the requirement that two witnesses have to sign the completed mail ballot, the requirement that absentee ballots be received by three days after Election Day, and the inconsistent signature matching process.
North Carolina Absentee Ballot Collection Law*
Advance North Carolina v. North Carolina
In 2019, North Carolina passed a voting law that, among other things, requires that absentee ballot request forms be completed and returned only by the voter, their near relative/guardian, or a member of a county-board authorized multi-partisan team. These provisions not only deny voters valuable assistance in obtaining absentee ballots to facilitate their political participation, but also infringe on the core political speech and associational activities of organizations and citizens working to increase voter turnout.
North Carolina Early Vote Location
North Carolina Democratic Party v. North Carolina
State constitutional challenge to SB 325 (“Uniform & Expanded Early Voting Act), which eliminated the only mandatory weekend day of Early Voting (the last Saturday before Election Day), and imposed uniformity requirements among early voting locations in each county that ultimately led to a reduction in early voting hours and locations in many of North Carolina’s counties during the 2018 general election.
North Carolina Racial Gerrymandering
Cooper v. Harris
Secured a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on May 22, 2017 on behalf of North Carolina voters seeking to invalidate North Carolina’s 1st and 12th Congressional Districts as racial gerrymanders in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Kagan, upheld the district court’s judgment that the North Carolina General Assembly had unlawfully used race to draw congressional districts.
North Carolina Voting Rights HB 589
North Carolina State Conference of NAACP v. McCrory
Secured a major voting rights victory on behalf of North Carolina voters in which a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a unanimous ruling that the State’s Republican-led General Assembly intentionally discriminated against African Americans when it enacted several new voting restrictions in 2013. The Fourth Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims in North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP v. McCrory, 182 F. Supp. 3d 320 (M.D.N.C. 2016), finding that North Carolina’s elimination of same day registration, out-of-precinct provisional voting, preregistration, reduction of early voting, and enactment of voter-ID law were unconstitutional and in violation of the 14th Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The decision invalidated the changes to North Carolina’s voting mechanisms, meaning that same-day registration, out-of-precinct provisional voting, preregistration, and the lost early voting days were reinstated. North Carolina’s voter ID law was also enjoined.
North Carolina Election Contest
In the matter of: Investigation of Election Irregularities Affecting Counties within the 9th Congressional District
Matter before the State Board of Elections which found that the Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District corrupted the 2018 general election through “fraud, improprieties, and irregularities so pervasive that its results are tainted as the fruit of an operation manifestly unfair to the voters and corrosive to our system of representative government.” We represented the Democratic candidate for the North Carolina 9th congressional district. The Board ordered for a new election after finding absentee ballot fraud funded by the Republican candidate.
North Carolina Congressional Map
Harper v. Lewis
Secured a significant victory on behalf of North Carolina voters when a North Carolina state court ruled that the state cannot proceed with House primaries under the current congressional map, which is being challenged as an improper partisan gerrymander.