Sunday, December 15, 2013

Judicial Watch Defends North Carolina Voter ID Law, Additional Protections Against Voter Fraud

Motion for Intervention Aims to Prevent DOJ From Requiring Pre-Clearance to Enforce Election Integrity Provisions of HB 589

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2013) - Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Motion for Intervention with its client Christina Kelley Gallegos-Merrill to defend North Carolina against an Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit. The DOJ seeks to prevent enforcement of HB 589, which requires, among other election integrity measures, that voters present a photo ID before casting a ballot. In addition to representing Judicial Watch members in North Carolina, the Intervention seeks to protect the interests of Ms. Gallegos-Merrill, who was a Republican candidate for local office in North Carolina who likely lost her race because of voting irregularities that would be addressed by HB 589.

According to Judicial Watch's motion:

In 2012, [Gallegos-Merrill] ran for County Commissioner of Buncombe County and lost a very close election. She alleges that this loss was due to same-day registration during early voting and to improperly cast ballots... Merrill has made concrete plans to run again for that office in 2014 and has taken steps to make that happen... Any ruling from this Court reversing the repeal of same-day registration during early voting or enjoining the enforcement of North Carolina's photo ID law, would "impair or impede" Merrill's interests including her immediate electoral prospects for 2014.


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