The U.S. Supreme CourtIt was announced Wednesday, that they will hearA case where North Carolina Republicans have brought over the right to defend the state’s voter identification law.

This law was adopted in 2018. It requires everyone to have a valid photo identification in North Carolina in order to vote. The state’s chapter of the NAACPIt was immediately challenged, claiming that such a clause disproportionately affects Black voters and Latinx voters.

Since then, the state’s Republican lawmakers have lodged a complaint that Gov. Roy Cooper and state Attorney General Joshua Stein ― both Democrats ― have not adequately defended the law against such legal challenges. The legislators sought to participate in the defense against NAACP’s lawsuit. Following the ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals that they were unable to intervene, the GOP-controlled legislature was able to take control. askedIn August, the Supreme Court heard the requests.

In their request, the lawmakers cited the governor’s opposition to the law, which he vetoed only to have the legislature override his decision.

Last November, voters saw voter identification signs in Ruckersville. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that it would hear an appeal regarding North Carolina’s voter ID law.
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“In his veto statement, he alleged that the bill has ‘sinister and cynical origins’ and was ‘designed to suppress the rights of minority, poor and elderly voters,’” the lawmakers wrote, saying Cooper and Stein are not fairly representing the state.

The questions presented by the case “strike at the heart of a State’s sovereign authority to designate agents to represent its interests in court,” the request continued. “And as this case demonstrates, they are of particular importance in the context of divided government and litigation involving controversial matters.”

Stein filed a response with the court asking it not to take on the case, saying that the state is already adequately defending the law and that because these types of issues arise so infrequently, it’s not appropriate for the Supreme Court to intervene.

Voter ID lawsOne of the most controversial issues in today’s world is have become one. fair electionsIn recent years, GOP-controlled states have increased these restrictions. Democrats largely say they’re a tool of voter suppression (though studies find that effect may be minimalPoint to research that showsThe voter ID laws are not designed to prevent voter fraud. This is a very rare problem.

By next summer, the Supreme Court should hear arguments in the case and issue a decision.


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