North Carolina asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday for a stay on an appellate court ruling that struck down the state's voter ID law last month.
Gov. Pat McCrory, R-N.C., petitioned Chief Justice John Roberts with the emergency request to allow the continuance of a law that requires voters show identification. McCrory's lawyers said changing the law before the November election could alter various state and federal elections.
The announcement comes shortly after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined the state's request to delay its decision on voter laws until after the November elections. A stay would require five of the eight Supreme Court justices.
"Changing our state's election laws close to the upcoming election, including common-sense voter ID, will create confusion for voters and poll workers," McCrory said in a statement Friday evening. "The court should have stayed their ruling, which is legally flawed, factually wrong and disparaging to our state."
The lower court's move reversed state plans that would have required voters to show a government-issued ID before casting ballots. Other rejected provisions include scaling back early voting and blocking residents from registering the day of an election. Opponents of McCrory's administration have called the moves an attempt to block minorities, who tend to be Democrats, from voting.