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Supreme Court says North Carolina Republicans can defend photo ID law in court


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The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Thursday that leaders of North Carolina’s Republican legislature can step in to advocate for a voter ID law in court that they believe the state’s Democratic attorney general isn’t fighting hard enough to defend. 

The law was passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, but the governor and his attorney general are Democrats, giving rise to a case that presents a dispute about what happens when political parties don’t control all the branches of state government. 


In 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the state constitution requiring a photo ID to vote in person at the polls. When the state legislature passed a law to specify how the provision would work, it was vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, but the legislature then overrode his veto and enacted the measure.:snip:

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A Blast From The Past

Nov 3, 2016 Ami on the Street: Are voter ID laws racist and suppress the black vote? Satirist Ami Horowtiz goes to UC Berkeley and Harlem to find out

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