Voter ID ruling remains as appeals court nixes rehearing

Associated Press,  March 24, 2020

"A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday rejected a request by Republican lawmakers for its full cadre of judges to rehear a challenge over implementing voter photo identification.

The Court of Appeals denied the motion by the GOP legislative leaders. The lawmakers had asked that the entire court rehear questions considered by three of the court’s 15 judges in a lawsuit challenging the state’s December 2018 voter ID law.

The three-judge panel reversed a lower court decision and declared the photo ID requirement should have been halted last summer. Tuesday’s short order gave no reason for the denial, which means last month’s unanimous decision in favor of voters who sued over the law still stands.

Voter ID already had been blocked by a federal judge in late December. Unless considered and stopped by the state Supreme Court, the state court injunction likely means a voter ID requirement won’t be carried out in the fall elections."

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