Two judges on a three-judge panel in North Carolina struck down the state’s latest voter ID law as unconstitutional and intentionally discriminatory against the state’s Black voters.
The law, which was enacted in 2018 and has faced a flurry of legal challenges, was “motivated at least in part by an unconstitutional intent to target African American voters,” according to state Superior Court Judges Michael O’Foghludha and Vince Rozier.
“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,” they said in the 100-page opinion issued on 17 September, which followed a trial in April.
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