North Carolina voter ID law is discriminatory: Appeals court

WASHINGTON TIMES. A federal appeals court struck down North Carolina’s voter ID law on Friday, finding that a series of provisions approved by lawmakers in 2013 were “enacted with racially discriminatory intent.”

Among the voter registration changes made in North Carolina were requirements that voters show identification before casting ballots and a reduction in the amount the time allowed for early voting.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit overturned a lower court’s decision, which had dismissed challenges to the law, with the three-judge panel instead finding that the laws “disproportionately affected African-Americans” by targeting them “with almost surgical precision.” It represents the third time in two weeks that federal courts have issued rebukes of states’ voter identification laws.

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