The U.S. Supreme Court Monday denied N.C. Republican legislators' appeal to review the 2013 voter ID law. The ruling the lower court made last summer, which struck down the law because it disproportionately affected African-Americans’ ability to vote in the state, will stand.
The law required citizens to show photo identification, reduced early voting periods from 17 days to 10 days, prohibited same-day registration when voting early and eliminated pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds.
The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law targeted African-Americans with “almost surgical precision” and that “the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent.”
“Today’s announcement is good news for North Carolina voters,” N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement. “We need to be making it easier to vote, not harder.”
The Supreme Court’s decision was not based on the merits of the law but because of