Supreme Court rules in favor of North Carolina Republicans, landmark decision that will shift fight over voter ID laws

The Supreme Court has ruled in an 8-1 decision that legislative leaders in North Carolina can intervene in the federal case to defend the state’s voter ID law.

The decision ends a three-year-long battle after Republicans alleged that Democratic Attorney General John Stein was not properly defending voter ID requirements. North Carolina’s voter ID laws have been besieged by significant legal challenges brought by the NAACP and Stein was not carrying out his duties as the state Attorney General.

Those lawsuits led to a 2-1 Wake County Superior Court decision that found the law “was motivated at least in part by an unconstitutional intent to target African American voters.”

Big win for Republicans

It’s no surprise that such an insane claim stood in court when the Attorney General was ideologically aligned with the plaintiffs and wasn’t defending the voter ID law.

The one Judge that dissented in the Wake County Superior Court case, Judge Nathaniel Poovey, pointed out that “not one scintilla of evidence was introduced during this trial that any legislator acted with racially discriminatory intent.”

Now with the Supreme Court’s decision, Republicans can act on the reasoning of Judge Poovey when it comes to defending the voter ID law.

The fight is far from over, and North Carolina’s Democrat-majority Supreme Court will likely be the biggest obstacle to finally enshrining voter ID requirements in the Tarheel State.

The biggest concern for Republicans is if they can litigate the case before November’s crucial midterm elections.

Voter ID requirements are crucial to preventing fraud in an election that could have massive consequences in the years to come. Republicans will need to do everything in their power to ensure the integrity of the elections in North Carolina.

National conflict

North Carolina is one state of many that are going through an intense conflict over voter ID laws following the debacle that was the 2020 presidential election.

Democrats have attempted to paint voter ID laws as restrictive and racist. Thankfully such slanderous and inaccurate attacks have been defeated in some states, but the conflict is far from being resolved.

States from Florida to Arizona have moved to ensure that cheating in elections is extremely difficult. It’s a step in the right direction, but North Carolina illustrates that Republicans can’t get complacent.

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