Federal court backs voter ID law in North Carolina, reversing decision of lower court | Govt-and-politics
Republican lawmakers applauded the ruling Wednesday.
“Now that a federal appeals court has approved North Carolina’s voter ID law and constitutional amendment, they must be implemented for the next election cycle in our state,” N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, a primary sponsor of the voter ID law, said in a statement on his website.
Senate Leader Phil Berger called Biggs an activist judge who he said overturned “the will of millions of North Carolinians who added a voter ID requirement to their own constitution.”
“I’m heartened by the Fourth Circuit’s unanimous decision in support of the basic principle of self-governance under the rule of law,” Berger said in a statement.
The court’s decision Wednesday does not mean the photo ID law can immediately be implemented. A preliminary injunction was issued in the state lawsuit, and trials will be held next year in both the federal and state lawsuits.