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Federal court upholds North Carolina Voter ID law

By: Erin Smith

NC-Voter-ID-2016A federal court has upheld North Carolina’s Voter ID Law. U. S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled on Monday that the controversial Voter ID law is constitutional and allowed it to stand.

The law requires all voters who go to the polls to show an acceptable form of photo identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a North Carolina drivers license/permit, NC identification card, passport, military identification card, Veterans identification card, and certain tribal enrollment cards. To learn more about the new NC Voter ID law, click here.

In addition, Judge Schroeder also ruled that changes that prohibit out-of-precinct voting can move forward and will take effect after the June Primary.

The lawsuit was brought by the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP, some churches and several individuals. The REv. William Barber who serves as president of the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP, said that discussions will continue regarding the next steps the group plans to take.

Gov. Pat McCrory said, “This ruling further affirms that requiring a photo ID in order to vote is not only common-sense, it’s constitutional,” said Governor McCrory. “Common practices like boarding an airplane and purchasing Sudafed require photo ID and thankfully a federal court has ensured our citizens will have the same protection for their basic right to vote.”

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