WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification law that a lower court said targeted African Americans "with almost surgical precision."
The justices on Monday left in place the lower court ruling striking down the law's photo ID requirement and reduction in early voting.
Gov. Roy Cooper said the rejection was 'good news' for voters.
Today’s announcement is good news for North Carolina voters. We need to be making it easier to vote, not harder – and the Court found this law sought to discriminate against African-American voters with “surgical precision.” I will continue to work to protect the right of every legal, registered North Carolinian to participate in our democratic process.
The situation was complicated when Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein tried to withdraw the appeal, which was first filed when Republican Pat McCrory was governor.
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Chief Justice John Roberts said the political situation created uncertainty over who is authorized to seek review of the lower court ruling.
The dispute is similar to the court fight over Texas' voter ID law, also struck down as racially discriminatory.