The case before Morgan dealt with whether a June amendment allowing for exceptions to the 2013 law made existing complaints moot; he issued a hold because the amendment was not enough to dismiss the case.
The General Assembly passed the voter ID law in August 2013, requiring state voters to show government-issued photo identification when voting in person, effective 2016.
After civil rights groups opposed the law, the General Assembly passed an amendment in June that created an exception to the photo ID requirement.
“(The law is) the broadest attack on voting rights in the country because it eliminated same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting and preregistration to vote for 16- and 17-year-olds,” said George Eppsteiner, a staff attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which is currently challenging the photo-ID requirement in state court.
The reasonable impediment exception allows voters to fill out a declaration stating the reason they can’t get a photo ID. The declaration allows voters to use other forms of identification to vote, such as their birth date and the last four digits of their social security number.
“What we will have to see in the upcoming primary is if voters are turned away whether they have photo ID or will be offered the exception,” Eppsteiner said.
Susan Myrick, an election policy analyst at the right-leaning Civitas Institute, said North Carolina’s law is very similar to South Carolina’s and that 30 states already have voter ID laws.
“We have seen voter turnout actually go up in states that adopted voter IDs laws,” she said.