In a voter ID case, the Supreme Court rules in favor of gop legislators

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North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Lawmakers Federal Appeal

The case before the North Carolina Supreme Court was about a new law that bans the use of photo identification at the polls. The law‚ pushed through by Democratic lawmakers in North Carolina‚ was upheld by a lower federal court‚ but Republican state leaders sought to intervene in the case. However‚ the district court denied their request for intervention‚ and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld the lower court's decision.

WASHINGTON (AP) —. The supreme court republican legislators in North Carolina won a victory Thursday over the state's latest photo identification voter law. However‚ the 8-1 ruling does not resolve the long-running dispute about the voter ID law. It has been challenged in both state and federal court. This Supreme Court ruling means only that legislative leaders are allowed to intervene in federal cases to defend the law. An appeals court had ruled the interests of the legislators were adequately represented by the state attorney general‚ Democrat Josh Stein. Justice Neil Gorsuch stated: The people of North Carolina authorized their legislators to defend the constitutionality of state laws against challenge through the General Assembly. A federal court should ordinarily respect this kind of sovereign decision and not make presumptions in its favor. Justice Sonia Sotomayor voted against. In 2018‚ North Carolina's voters added a mandate for voter identification to the state constitution. The law in question was then adopted by legislators. To vote‚ voters must show photo identification -- either a driver's license or a passport. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the measure however‚ lawmakers overrode this decision. The NAACP of the state and several chapters at local levels immediately took action. Sued in federal court To stop enforcement of the law‚ arguing that it discriminates against Black voters and Latino voters in violation the U.S. Constitution.

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Stein‚ along with other state attorneys‚ wrote in a briefing to the justices that it was important to respect the power of the executive branch to defend the state at court. The law was a statute. Initially blocked The judge who heard the case said that it was not permissibly motivated at all by discriminatory intent. The appeals panel of three judges disagreed. Reversed her decision It was sent back to the U.S. District Court. A trial has yet to start. When a case is pending in a state court judges struck down the law as being tainted with racial bias. The North Carolina Supreme Court stated that it would take the case up‚ however no oral argument date has been established. Separately‚ North Carolina's highest court already has heard arguments in a case over whether the Constitution Amendment mandating voter identification should have been permitted on the November 2018 ballot. A state judge had ruled the GOP-controlled legislature was unable to place the proposed amendment or one of its companions on the ballot‚ as lawmakers were elected two years prior from districts with racially bias voting records. This decision was made later. Overturned on appeal Before going to the highest court of the state‚ where a decision is still pending. ___ Robertson was based in Raleigh‚ North Carolina.