The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2018 voter ID law, alleging it discriminates against state residents.
The 2018 law, which requires residents to present identification before they can vote, was ruled unconstitutional in 2021 by a lower state court.
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Friday’s ruling by the state Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s ruling that the policy “was motivated by a racially discriminatory purpose.”
The court also ruled that the map of the North Carolina State Senate must be redrawn due to alleged Republican tampering.
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The two decisions passed along 4-3 party lines with Democrats supporting and Republicans dissenting.
The North Carolina Supreme Court is poised for some major upheaval in the new year. Starting in January, the court will be made up of five Republicans and two Democrats.
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Two-thirds of US states require some form of identification to vote, although not all require photo identification.
Democrats argue that such requirements are intended to reduce the voter turnout of minorities and others who are more likely to lack proper identification and tend to vote for the party.
Julia Musto of Fox News contributed to this report.