RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the still-undecided race for governor in North Carolina (all times local):
A conservative-leaning group has asked a federal judge for an urgent hearing on its lawsuit demanding the state verify addresses of voters who use same-day registration.
The leader of the Civitas Institute filed a motion Wednesday for a preliminary injunction and an expedited hearing on the lawsuit filed this week. The lawsuit is part of the uncertainty surrounding the still-undecided governor’s race.
Unofficial results show that Democrat Roy Cooper was leading by about 7,700 votes over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday morning.
The Civitas lawsuit asks a federal court to require that the state Board of Elections refrain from certifying election results until it has finished verifying same-day registrants. The lawsuit argues verification can’t properly be finished until December because of a mailing process that takes a month.
Statewide results were scheduled for certification Nov. 29, but state officials can delay that tally. A number of counties have yet to finish their canvasses.
North Carolina’s NAACP says Gov. Pat McCrory and his Republican allies are playing games with the election results.
North Carolina NAACP president William Barber said Wednesday that Republicans are trying to delay results simply because they’re not satisfied. Democrat Roy Cooper holds a slim lead over McCrory in the still-undecided governor’s race.
But Barber has a message for the GOP: “The election is over and it’s time for the games to stop.”
McCrory has started the process of asking for a recount; a conservative leaning group has filed a lawsuit over votes by same-day voter registration; and there have been formal election protests around the state.
Bob Hall, who leads the nonprofit Democracy North Carolina, says some voters are being unfairly maligned in local elections complaints with false accusations that they’re felons.