North Carolina Republicans won’t let voter ID go without a fight.
Senate leader Phil Berger’s office said Friday that it has requested an emergency stay of Judge Loretta Biggs’s injunction of the 2018 voter ID law. While Attorney General Josh Stein is appealing her decision, he has refused to seek an emergency stay before the March primary.
“Judge Biggs determined in her ruling that the legislature acted with ‘discriminatory intent’ in passing voter ID, even though one of the three primary bill sponsors is an African American Democrat and two other African American Democrats voted for the bill,” says Berger’s office.
The bill, which followed a constitutional amendment voters approved in November 2018—which itself followed a previous voter ID bill that the Supreme Court rejected as discriminatory—was struck down on New Year’s Eve.
The request for a stay argues that striking down the law will create “irreparable harm.”
“The votes of two million citizens to amend their own Constitution to require voter ID were thrown out by one unelected Democratic judge,” says Senator Warren Daniel, a Republican from Morganton.
The primary election takes place on March 3, 53 days from today. Absentee ballots will be sent out Monday.
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