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Civitas Institute lawsuit wants same-day vote count delayed

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Gov. Pat McCrory (left) and Attorney General Roy Cooper. (North Carolina Association of Broadcasters)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Civitas Center for Law and Freedom President Francis De Luca filed a federal lawsuit Monday asking the courts to issue a restraining order to prevent the ballots of unverified same-day registration voters from being counted, the News & Record reported.

The lawsuit echos protests filed at boards of elections offices around the state.

In a news release issued by Civitas on the non-profit’s website, De Luca said: “To count ballots without verification of same-day registration information discriminates by treating one class of voters differently from another. Furthermore, this calls into question the outcome of close elections such as the one we are still in the middle of in North Carolina.”

North Carolina voters are still waiting for the outcome of the gubernatorial race between incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.