The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals suspended prohibitions against same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting last week. But the State Board of Elections is still cautioning voters to register before the voter registration deadline this Friday.
Currently, same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting will be allowed in North Carolina for this coming election. However, this could change at any time, as the State Board of Elections is still waiting to hear back from Chief Justice Roberts of the Supreme Court, who oversees emergency petitions of the Fourth Circuit. Josh Lawson, spokesperson for the state Board of Elections, says that voters should register by the deadline, in case the Supreme Court reverses the Circuit Court’s decision:
"Even if same-day registration remains an option, we’re really encouraging folks to get out there and register by October 10th. It’s the best way to ensure that, regardless of how this all pans out, you will have been registered for the November election. You need to postmark it or bring it in to your county Board of Elections office by October 10th. You’ll get a chance to vote in Election Day."
Lawson says the Board is expecting to hear back from Chief Justice Roberts within the next couple of days.