Supreme Court refuses to restore North Carolina's voter ID law

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Restore Voter ID Law

RALEIGH (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 early voting days this fall. The ruling means voters won't have to show their ID in order to vote.

The justices on Wednesday declined a request by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and state officials to delay a permanent injunction blocking provisions in a 2013 voting law. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down several parts of the law last month, saying they were approved by legislators with intentional bias against black voters more likely to support Democrats.
 
"North Carolina has been denied basic voting rights already granted to more than 30 other states to protect the integrity of one person, one vote through a common-sense voter ID law," said McCrory in response.  
 
Attorney General Roy Cooper criticized McCrory after the ruling.
 
“Every legal, registered voter deserves the right to participate in the democratic process," said Cooper. "It’s a shame that Governor McCrory wasted taxpayer money and once again put his partisan political agenda ahead of everything else." 
 
Attorney General Roy Cooper's office also released a statement: 
 
“From the start, Governor McCrory should have followed Attorney General Cooper’s advice and vetoed this law. Every legal, registered voter deserves the right to participate in the Democratic process. It’s a shame that Governor McCrory wasted taxpayer money and once again put his partisan political agenda ahead of everything else,” said Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter.
 
In April, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld all parts of the state's voter ID law.
 
A federal appeals court blocked the law in July, claiming it was in violation of the constitution and made it harder for African-Americans to vote.

The Supreme Court decision means voters won't have to show one of several qualifying photo IDs when casting ballots in the presidential battleground state. Early voting also reverts to 17 days.

Election officials already have been planning to comply with the appeals court decision.

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