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April 26, 2022

On April 26, 2022 in a 2-1 decision, the North Carolina Court of Appeals granted legislative leaders request for a stay in the CSI v. Moore case; but, in a victory for voting rights, this stay only remained in place for the May 17 and July 26 primary elections- and maintained the original injunction against any felony disenfranchisement based on fees and fines.

After these Primary elections, the Court of Appeals ordered, the State Board of Elections (SBOE) must fully implement the trial court’s March 28th final judgment and order, which found that the state’s existing felony disenfranchisement law is unconstitutional and ruled that all individuals living in community with prior felony convictions must be allowed to register and vote, impacting more than 56,000 individuals right to vote.

This ruling meant that effective, July 27, 2022, ANY NC citizen not currently incarcerated could immediately register and vote, including those on probation, parole or post release supervision for prior felony convictions.