Eased Voting Rules On NC Offenders Delayed Through Primaries

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina appeals panel has delayed through the primary elections a lower court ruling that had ordered officials to immediately allow felony offenders still on probation or parole to vote.

But the majority on the three-judge Court of Appeals panel also ruled Tuesday that the eased voter registration rules must be used in the November elections.

Appeals are pending and more are likely.

A trial court panel struck down in March a 1973 law that prevents these voting rights to be restored while the person is still on probation, parole or post-release supervision.

Tens of thousands of felony offenders could be affected.