Whether voters will have to present photo ID during the March primary elections is up in the air. A federal judge blocked the law requiring photo ID, but on Friday, state Republican leaders filed court papers asking for an emergency stay of the judge’s ruling.
And this comes just a week after N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein said he would wait until after the March primary elections to appeal the judge’s ruling.
U.S. District Judge Loretta C. Biggs issued a decision on Dec. 31, 2019, to grant a preliminary injunction against North Carolina’s voter ID law, saying that she found compelling evidence that state Republican leaders acted with racially discriminatory intent in passing it. In a lengthy 60-page decision, Biggs said that North Carolina has a long history of racial discrimination against black people in voting, and that history cannot be separated from how this latest legislation was passed. She also argued that there’s evidence that the voter ID law would have a disproportionate impact on black voters.
h/t Glen Bradley