Update at 5:13 p.m.: ACLU attorney Julie Ebenstein confirmed to TPM that the group and other organizations involved in the challenge to North Carolina's 2013 voting restrictions have filed an appeal with the the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of a district court's decision upholding the law.
The voting right groups involved in a legal challenge to a bundle of North Carolina voting restrictions say they will move quickly to appeal the district court decision issued Monday that upheld the 2013 law.
An appeal, which could be filed as soon as today, would go to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in 2014 ruled in favor of the voting rights groups when they sought a preliminary injunction on some provisions of the law, a decision that was later overturned by the Supreme Court.
In his decision Monday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld the law on the basis that North Carolina has "provided legitimate State interests" in implementing the restrictions. He said that when it came to those who said the law burden their ability to vote there was "strong evidence that some other reason is at play for the failure of these persons to register and/or vote."
His 485-page decision was a exhaustive examination of the evidence presented in the high-profile trial the unfolded in July 2015 and January 2016
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