Supreme Court to consider if NC pols can help defend voter ID law

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NS Supreme Court announced on Wednesday That it would take up a case brought by two prominent North Carolina Republicans who want to join the legal defense of the state’s strict voter identification law.

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North Carolina GOP House Speaker Tim Moore and Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger want to formally move into a pending federal case challenging the law, arguing that Democratic State Attorney General Josh Stein would not make a fair defense.

Tar Heel State’s law requiring voters to present a photo ID upon arrival at a polling place to vote was approved by referendum as a constitutional amendment in November 2018.

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The measure was formally enacted by lawmakers the following month, overcoming Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s veto in the process.

In September, a three-judge panel from the Superior Court of North Carolina ruled that the law was unconstitutional by intentionally discriminating against black voters.

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina attempts to veto the Voter ID law.
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The Supreme Court’s decision to take up the case would not affect a state court’s decision on the constitutionality of the law, but would only determine whether lawmakers could participate in the case.

Wednesday’s order came after the state legislature submitted a request To review a decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that Moore and Berger could not intervene to protect the law.

Stein asked the Supreme Court not to take up the matter because North Carolina “is already actively defending the challenged law.”

Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger cannot assist in any legal defense.
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The North Carolina Supreme Court is hearing a third case challenging how legislators put the constitutional amendment on the ballot.

case is NAACP’s Berger vs. North Carolina Conference, The debate is likely to take place early next year and a verdict could be delivered before the summer.

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