The law in question was passed in 2018 and requires that everyone in North Carolina have a photo ID to vote. State Chapters NAACP Immediately challenged this, saying that such a condition disproportionately impacts Black and Latinx voters.
Since then, Republican lawmakers in the state have filed complaints that Gov. Roy Cooper and State Attorney General Joshua Stein Democrats has not adequately defended the law against such legal challenges. The lawmakers sought to intervene in the defense against the NAACP lawsuit. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that they could not step in the GOP-controlled legislature. Asked Supreme Court to consider demands in August.
In their request, the lawmakers cited the governor’s opposition to the law, which they vetoed only for the legislature to overturn its decision.
“In their veto statement, they alleged that the bill is of ‘horrendous and cynical origin’ and was ‘designed to suppress the rights of minority, poor and elderly voters,'” the lawmakers wrote, noting that Cooper and Stein were a fair representation of the state. are doing .
The questions presented by the case “strike at the heart of the sovereign authority of a state to nominate agents to represent its interests in court,” the request continued. “And as this case demonstrates, they are of particular importance in the context of a divided government and litigation involving contentious matters.”
stein filed a reaction The court asked not to take up the matter, saying that the state is already defending the law adequately and since such issues arise so frequently, the intervention of the Supreme Court is not justified.
voter id law have become one of the most controversial issues around fair election In recent years when GOP-controlled states began to intensify such restrictions. Democrats broadly say they are a tool of voter suppression (though studies suggest the effect may be at least) and indicate research that shows Voter ID laws do little to tackle voter fraud (which is already extremely rare).
It is expected that the Supreme Court will hear the arguments in the matter by next summer and give its verdict.