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The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals judge overturned a district court's decision to deny a preliminary injunction of part of House Bill 589.

The decision will now allow same-day registration during early voting and out-of-precinct voting in North Carolina. The provisions were prohibited in the new law.

The State Board of Elections expressed concerns over changing election rules so close to the election season. In a release Wednesday, the office said it has already sent out four million voting guides which now contain information contrary to today's decision.

The North Carolina Democratic party, ACLU and NAACP all released statements supporting the judge's decision.

Chris Brook with the ACLU told FOX8 via a Skype interview, "This will make it easier for tens of thousands of North Carolina in to participate in the November elections."

According the ACLU, both in 2008 and 2012, 250,000 voters registered same-day during early voting. It claims the new law creates disproportionate hardships for some, especially African Americans.

"This case is about denying North Carolina in the right to vote," Brook said, saying the ACLU will continue fighting the Voter ID law at trial next summer. They also still hope to reinstate 17 early voting days versus 10. That did not change with today's decision.

Senator Phil Berger and Representative Thom Tillis released a joint statement today saying, "Rewriting reasonable rules requiring people to vote in their own precinct and register in advance will strain our voting system, confuse voters and disrupt our general election that is only a month away."

They said they intended to appeal the decision as quickly as possible. The State Board of Elections said that appeal could begin as early as Thursday.

Guilford County Board of Election Director Charlie Callicut said they will adjust training, materials and staffing as needed to accommodate these changes. "We hadn't done all of our training or printed all of our training materials as early as we may normally have. We were kind of keeping our options open. So now that we know which way were going to go, that's easy. We're going to rely on the State Board of Elections to help us out and some new procedures moving forward."

Callicut said many of their poll workers are familiar with procedures as they've helped in previous elections, so reverting to the same rules as 2012 and earlier shouldn't be too problematic.