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North Carolina judges strike down state’s voter ID law

The judges barred its enforcement, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Author's note: The video above first aired in October 2020.

North Carolina judges have struck down the state’s latest photo voter identification law. 

Two of the three trial judges hearing a lawsuit declared on Friday that the December 2018 law is unconstitutional. 

The judges barred its enforcement, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power. 

The majority's decision is now likely headed to a state appeals court. With two other pending lawsuits, it's looking more unlikely that a voter ID mandate for in-person and absentee balloting will happen in the 2022 elections. 

A previous ID law was struck down five years ago.