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Elections – Civil Rights — National Voter Registration Act – Application Disclosure (access required)

Project Vote/Voting for America Inc. v. Long Virginia election officials violated the National Voter Registration Act by refusing to disclose completed voter registration applications with voters’ Social Security numbers redacted; the 4th Circuit affirms a district court decision that Section 8(i)(L) of the NVRA does apply to such applications and defendants violated the NVRA.

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Elections – Advocacy Group – FEC Regulation – Constitutional – Vagueness Challenge — PAC Disclosures – ‘Major Purpose’ Test (access required)

The Real Truth About Abortion Inc. v. FEC Appellant, a Virginia nonprofit group called “The Real Truth About Abortion Inc.,” loses its constitutional challenge to a regulation of the Federal Election Commission that appellant says is unconstitutionally vague with regard to whether “Real Truth” has to make disclosures as a “political action committee.”

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Elections – Judges – Public Finance – Constitutional – First Amendment (access required)

North Carolina Right to Life Political Action Committee v. Leake Defendants have failed to distinguish North Carolina’s matching funds scheme for judicial elections from the scheme which was declared unconstitutional in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, 131 S. Ct. 2806 (2011). Other than the state interests rejected in Bennett, defendants have failed to come forward with compelling state interests to justify the scheme.

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Elections – Civil Rights – Independent Candidate — Petition Signatures – Residency Requirement (access required)

Lux v. Judd A former independent candidate for Congress wins remand of his challenge to a Virginia statutory requirement that petition signatures in support of his candidacy be witnessed by a resident of the Congressional district; the 4th Circuit says the limited rationale underlying the case relied on by the lower court has been superseded by later Supreme Court cases.

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Bill would give appellate court appointees time to exhale (access required)

They're not calling it "Cressie's Law," but a bill introduced in the state House last week with bipartisan support is designed to prevent a Court of Appeals race from turning into a 13-way scramble as it did when Judge Cressie Thigpen (pictured) ran to retain his seat last fall. The bill, H. 99, would amend the N.C. Constitution so that appellate judges will "have adequate time to fulfill their judicial duties before running for election," as the title of the bill says.

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Recount shows McCullough bested Thigpen by wider margin (access required)

A recount of votes requested by Judge Cressie Thigpen Jr. was completed late Monday, with the results showing that Doug McCullough is the winner of the Court of Appeals seat, with the gap between the two widening slightly. McCullough, a former Court of Appeals judge, narrowly edged out Thigpen when the second- and third-place ballots were counted in the instant-runoff election. In the 13-way race to determine the top two vote-getters, Thigpen was in first place with 20.3 percent of the vote compared to McCullough's 15.2 percent.

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McCullough edges Thigpen in instant runoff for appeals court (access required)

In a surprise turnaround, former Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough has narrowly edged out Judge Cressie Thigpen Jr., apparently winning the seat. With all 100 counties reporting the results of a second round of ballot-counting, McCullough has a 5,988-vote lead over Thigpen. A spokesman for Thigpen said his campaign will ask for a recount, with a letter being delivered to the state Board of Elections this afternoon.

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Cuisine Bourgeoise: Toward a new nativism

If voting for everyone becomes the norm in a hundred years, or a thousand, or whenever, people will look back at things we said today and say we were intolerant. Mitch Kokai of the John Locke Foundation told WTVD that allowing city of Durham officials and police to accept the Matrícula Consular card as legal identification was a backdoor way of letting illegal immigrants vote. Why can't illegal immigrants vote? Why can't noncitizens and foreigners vote?

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Candidates for Wynn’s old seat face off in Greensboro (access required)

The first few candidates for the N.C. Court of Appeals got five minutes to plead their case before members of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys in Greensboro Oct. 1. But the candidates for the seat now held by Judge Cressie Thigpen Jr. got only three minutes each. It's not that they're any less important. But it's part of the deal when you're running in a race with 13 other people. And the forum held by the NCADA as part of its fall seminar may have been the first time a judicial candidate asked to be second choice. "If you don't make me first choice, I hope I'll rate No. 2," said Daniel Garner, counsel to the N.C. Commissioner of Banks. "Or No. 3," he added.

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