The politicization of common-sense voter ID requirements by the anti-election integrity crowd continues with Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s Democrat Attorney General and challenger to Republican Governor Pat McCrory, refusing to do his job and defend the state’s duly-enacted laws:

McCrory told reporters Tuesday morning “we will continue to appeal this,” saying attorneys are figuring out a way forward.

He called the 4th Circuit opinion “very political” referencing that the panel of judges was made up from two President Obama appointees and one appointed by President Clinton.

McCrory called on Roy Cooper to forgo his salary and “reimburse taxpayers for the cost of hiring outside counsel to do his job for him.”

“Roy Cooper is against common sense voter ID and is now refusing to do his job to defend our laws, so he should refuse his taxpayer-funded salary,” said Governor McCrory. “If any North Carolina citizen decided not to do their job, they would no longer have a paycheck. Roy Cooper should not be held to a different standard.”

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger released a joint statement on the Fourth Circuit ruling that overturned the state’s voter ID and other election integrity laws:

“Since today’s decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina’s law as a model, and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election. We will obviously be appealing this politically-motivated decision to the Supreme Court.”

Other GOP legislators also weighed in on the decision, which not only blocks the the state’s photo voter ID law that includes an affidavit option for voters with reasonable impediments to obtaining a free ID, but also restores same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, 17 days of early voting instead of 10, and preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds.

“We have to ensure the people who vote are the ones who should be voting,” added Republican Rep. John Torbett, of Stanley.  Republican Rep. Dana Bumgardner said the court was trying to paint state lawmakers as “racists and bigots” with its ruling. “It’s about the integrity of elections. It’s not about anything else,” Bumgardner said.

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