Source: News & Observer

A lawsuit resulted in one big change for the elections this November: North Carolinians who vote by mail will have the opportunity to address any problems before ballots would otherwise be discarded, the News & Observer reports.

The decision ensures “due process,” the News & Observer reports. Voters will be able to fix problems with their ballots that are cast by mail. Voters in-person can have errors fixed and ballots counted, but prior to this decision the mail voters were treated differently.

With the November election expected to feature a crush of mail-in voters, the ruling could have an impact on some 115,000 ballots with fixable problems, according to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. 

“This ruling is especially significant for voters of color, who are disproportionately likely to have their absentee ballots rejected,” said Allison Riggs, a lawyer for the challengers. “This decision will help ensure these voters are heard in November, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Read the full story from the News & Observer.