In the latest development of the lawsuits against the North Carolina voter identification law, a state appellate court temporarily blocked the law’s implementation on Feb. 18.
The ruling, which was unanimously decided by a three-judge panel, comes after a federal court judge previously granted a request by the North Carolina NAACP and some of its local chapters on Dec. 31, 2019 to block the law’s implementation.
No voter identification is needed for the primary election, and now it may not be needed for the November election, according to a press release by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, whose lawyers are representing some of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
“This strongly worded ruling, which highlights the abundant evidence of discriminatory intent of the challenged law, sends the unequivocal signal that constitutional protections in North Carolina will be vigorously enforced by our state courts, an outcome that will protect all voters and ensure a robust democracy,” said Allison Riggs, chief counsel for voting rights with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
Diane Robertson, political action co-chair for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, said she applauded the decision of the state appellate court to block the law. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit being heard in the federal court.