Another legal battle brewing over county voting plans

Either fix it or face the consequences:

Dozens of GOP-controlled county election boards are currently trying to limit early voting, and the state election board is poised to wade into what could be a lengthy county-by-county fight over how much early voting should be allowed. All of this comes after a federal appeals court already ruled that cutbacks in early voting and other voting restrictions were intentionally discriminatory against African American voters.

It's a complicated interplay of politics, legal wrangling, and bureaucratic processes -- but the impact on the November election and on voting rights law generally is potentially significant.

There are really two problems facing the state board: Evaluating and (hopefully) revising plans that didn't receive a unanimous vote, and figuring out what to do with counties that produced no plan at all:

To make the state of play even more complicated, the election boards in two of the 34 counties whose plans are in question never even took a vote and it’s unclear whether the state board has jurisdiction to implement a new plan. If not, the early voting protocols would default to early voting during only weekday business hours along with one Saturday morning, and offered solely at the county elections office.

“Which, in these two counties, Watauga and Cumberland, that would catastrophic,” Riggs said. Watauga is home to Appalachian State University, while Cumberland includes a military base and Fayetteville, one of North Carolina’s largest cities. Overall, 56 percent of North Carolina voters used early voting in 2012.

The State Board will hold hearings next Thursday on each of disputed county plans.

Bolding mine. Both the students from App State and the soldiers/civilians in Fayetteville should show up at these tiny offices en masse on the first day of early voting, and use their waiting in line to vote as a protest. A protest of allowing partisan idiots to control their Constitutional rights.

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