(Tea Party PAC) – US District Court Judge Loretta Biggs has delayed a decision on North Carolina voter ID legislation until next week, temporarily blocking the state from requiring voter ID laws.
Biggs is an Obama appointee. Surprise, surprise.
The measure would require legal identification at voting boxes in 2020.
Notification of the delay was appended to NAACP et al v. Cooper, which is one of two lawsuits which are challenging the new restrictions.
This decision comes just before a statewide mailing campaign that would explain them.
“The court gave advance notice that it will rule with plaintiffs and preliminarily enjoin the photo voter ID law next week,” Caitlin Swain, an attorney for the plaintiffs, explained in an e-mail statement. “We are awaiting the full order, gratified that the court is intervening to prevent this discriminatory law from impeding North Carolinians equal access to the ballot.”
The North Carolina State Board of Elections opposed the injunction when it was originally requested in September, but on Friday morning, State Board spokesman Patrick Gannon said on Friday that it is now up to Attorney General Josh Stein to decide if any action will be taken, and what.
Stein spokeswoman, Laura Brewer, indicated that his office will not decide on its response until the full order is released.
Speaker of the House, Tim Moore, called on the board to fight “this last-minute attempt by an activist federal judge to overturn the will of North Carolina voters.”
In a statement e-mailed to WRAL News, Moore said:
To issue an injunction against one of the nation’s most lenient voter ID laws — which 34 states already have — without providing an opinion is an outrageous affront to due process, the rights of North Carolina voters, and the rule of law.
WRAL also reports that House Rules Chairman, David Lewis, said that the General Assembly will also “explore additional options to ensure that the people’s vote for voter ID is respected.”