BREAKING: Federal Court Upholds NC Voter ID Law
Raleigh, N.C. - A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously reversed a lower-court decision to enjoin North Carolina's voter ID law and constitutional amendment on Wednesday.
Holding that "the district court's opinion devotes little analysis" to its ruling, the federal appeals court said that "we reverse because of the fundamental legal errors that permeate the opinion."
A strong majority of states have a voter ID law. North Carolina’s voter ID law is non-strict – any qualified voter can attest to a reasonable impediment to obtaining a qualifying ID and still cast a ballot.
"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," said Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland). "If the 2020 elections have taught us anything it is the fact that voting in person with a photo ID is the best way to ensure the integrity of our elections."
North Carolina’s voter ID law also accommodates religious objectors, provides for free government-issued IDs and accepts drivers’ licenses, passports, military and veteran IDs, student IDs, voter ID cards, as well as state and local government IDs. Drivers’ licenses from other states would even qualify in some circumstances.
"This is a huge victory for election security," said House Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne). "The voters spoke loud and clear back in 2018 when they approved this common sense measure to protect the integrity of the ballot box and prevent voter fraud. It's time for the Democrats and liberal activists to stop trying to overturn the will of the voters - and let voter ID remain in place."
The panel included judges appointed by both President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama.