Felons who registered recently can vote, NC’s highest court rules

North Carolina News

HERNDON, VA – MARCH 03: Privacy screens sit on a table at a polling place in Armstrong Elementary School for the Democratic presidential primary election on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Herndon, Virginia. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court has ruled that felony offenders who are out of prison and registered to vote in North Carolina during a roughly 10-day period thanks to a recent order by trial judges will remain on voting rolls for now.

The state Supreme Court declined on Friday to reinstate an order last month that declared any offender no longer behind bars could register.

But the court declared that a felony offender who registered to vote because the order was enforceable at the time “are legally registered voters” until told otherwise.

Those offenders can vote in this fall’s municipal elections.

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