Voter ID Law

NC Photo ID Law Suffers Second Setback

Feb 18, 2020
Vote Here sign
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North Carolina’s photo ID law has suffered a second setback.
A state appellate court issued a ruling today that blocked North Carolina’s photo ID law indefinitely, pending a full trial.

The three judges unanimously ruled that the photo ID laws “are likely to disproportionately impact African American voters to their detriment.”

A picture of an 'I Voted' sticker.
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State legislators are working on an implementation bill for the newly-passed constitutional amendment that requires photo identification to vote. The amendment passed in November’s midterm elections with more than 55 percent of the vote. 

Thomas Farr, with right hand raised, is sworn in during a Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Thomas Farr is a Raleigh-based lawyer who has counseled North Carolina Republicans on a multitude of racially divisive cases.

Thomas Alvin Farr is seated during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be a District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Washington.
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A prominent legal defender of North Carolina voting restrictions ultimately struck down by a court as racially biased said Wednesday that his future decisions as a federal judge wouldn't ignore that ruling if he is confirmed to the bench.

Photo: The U.S. Supreme Court building
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The Supreme Court announced this morning that it will not review North Carolina’s controversial 2013 voter ID law.