North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday the state will seek a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court on an appellate court ruling that struck down the state's voter ID law last week.
The first-term Republican governor's announcement comes a day 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.
"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 McCrory administration will ask the justices to stay the appeals court's ruling over the next few days, which would require five of the eight Supreme Court justices.
The lower court's move Thursday 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.