State lawsuit over North Carolina voter ID on hold

27th of August 2015

A state lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s voter identification law is on hold while a judge decides whether the suit is now moot. Earlier this year, the legislature amended the law to allow voters without qualifying photo ID to cast ballots by signing a declaration of reasonable impediment.

“There is no question that the General Assembly in what they enacted answered the questions of unconstitutionality that the plaintiffs have raised,” Special Deputy Attorney General Alec Peters told Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan in a Raleigh courtroom. Peters said the lawsuit is moot and should be dismissed.

Morgan didn’t rule immediately on the state’s request, nor on motions by the voting rights groups and voters challenging the law. They want to delay the voter ID implementation until after the presidential primary election, likely in March. Otherwise, the photo ID requirement begins in early 2016. Morgan said he would issue his rulings in about three weeks.

Another case challenging the state’s voter ID law is pending in federal court.

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