Appeals Court blocks ruling that briefly expanded NC felon voting rights

A North Carolina state court of appeals has blocked an earlier ruling by a lower court which would have allowed felons to vote in the state upon release from prison, regardless of whether they had finished their probation or parole or paid off all related fines and fees. The decision by the lower court would have re-enfranchised roughly 56,000 people, but, pending the results of a lawsuit disputing the court of appeals’ decision, those North Carolinians remain unable to vote.

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