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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave Republican legislative leaders in North Carolina a win Thursday in a fight over the state’s latest photo identification voting law.
The 8-1 decision does not end the three-year-plus dispute over the voter ID law, which is not in effect and has been challenged in state and federal courts. The Supreme Court’s ruling just means that the legislative leaders can intervene in the federal case to defend the law. A lower court had ruled the lawmakers’ interests were being adequately represented by the state’s attorney general, Democrat Josh Stein.
The article goes on to state the following:
North Carolina voters amended the state constitution in 2018 to include a voter ID mandate. Lawmakers then passed the law at issue in the case to put in place the change. The law requires voters to show a photo ID to vote — a driver’s license, a passport or certain student and local government identifications.
The AP explains that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the new law, but state lawmakers overrode his veto. A lawsuit was then filed by the state NAACP and several local chapters in an attempt to stop enforcement of the law, as they claimed that it discriminates against Black and Latino voters.
Republican lawmakers wanted to defend the law alongside lawyers for the state, but a federal judge had refused the request.
Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the Supreme Court ruling released on Thursday: “Through the General Assembly, the people of North Carolina have authorized the leaders of their legislature to defend duly enacted state statutes against constitutional challenge. Ordinarily, a federal court must respect that kind of sovereign choice, not assemble presumptions against it.”
SCOTUSblog announced, “The Supreme Court rules 8-1 that GOP lawmakers in North Carolina can intervene in litigation to defend a state voter-ID law. The NAACP is challenging the law, and the NC attorney general (a Democrat) is defending it. GOP legislators want to intervene anyway. SCOTUS says they can.”
Here’s the opinion from Neil Gorsuch in Berger v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP: https://t.co/3KvasUOpDV. Sonia Sotomayor dissents.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 23, 2022
The Supreme Court gave North Carolina GOP leaders a win in a fight over the state’s latest photo ID voting law. The 8-1 ruling doesn’t end the dispute over the law, but means that GOP leaders can intervene in the federal lawsuit to defend the law. https://t.co/pBUY5RXbhX
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 23, 2022
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