New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Judges strike down state’s voter ID law


North Carolina judges struck down the state’s latest photo voter identifica­tion law on Friday, agreeing with minority voters that Republican­s rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power.

Two of the three trial judges declared the December 2018 law is unconstitu­tional, even though it was designed to implement a photo voter ID mandate added to the North Carolina Constituti­on in a referendum just weeks earlier. They said the law was rushed and intentiona­lly discrimina­tes against Black voters, violating their equal protection­s.

The law “was motivated at least in part by an unconstitu­tional intent to target African American voters,” Superior Court Judges Michael O’Foghludha and Vince Rozier wrote in their 102-page order.

“Other, less restrictiv­e voter ID laws would have sufficed to achieve the legitimate nonracial purposes of implementi­ng the constituti­onal amendment requiring voter ID, deterring fraud, or enhancing voter confidence,” the judges added.

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