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College Student Voting in Light of 2013 Elections Legislation

October 1, 2013

UPDATE February 2017:  In July 2016 the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction against elements of the 2013 legislation, prohibiting enforcement of the photo ID requirement described in this post.  The matter is before the United States … Continued

2013–A Year of Election Law Changes

September 3, 2013

UPDATE February 2017:  In July 2016 the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction against enforcement of three elements of the of the 2013 legislation described in this post:  photo ID at the polls, end of same-day registration … Continued

Firing At-Will Employees: Legal Limitations

August 6, 2013

If you go to work for someone else, the odds are great that you are an employee at will.  That’s the basic rule in North Carolina, as it is almost everywhere in the United States.  In North Carolina, it applies … Continued

Understanding the Voting Rights Act

June 4, 2013

UPDATE November 2013: In June 2013 the United States Supreme Court declared Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional.  That ruling made Section 5, discussed in the following post, unenforceable.  See these Coates Canon posts:  Supreme Court’s … Continued

Denying the Manager a New Contract in Closed Session

April 2, 2013

A North Carolina city manager’s contract term is ending.  (Or maybe it’s the county manager.  The issues are the same.)  After June 30 she will have no further contract protection.  If she remains employed by the city after that date, … Continued

How to Fill a Vacancy on an Elected Board

March 5, 2013

An elected member of a North Carolina city council dies or moves away or resigns.  Or a member of a board of county commissioners.  Or a county school board.  A vacancy is created.  The statutes are clear about who picks … Continued