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NC Legislature Seeks Emergency Stay to Voter ID Ban After AG Stein's Refusal

Federal judge effectively invalidated amendment to NC Constitution requiring voter ID,
and prohibited legislature from participating in case

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina legislature today requested an emergency stay of Judge Loretta Biggs's injunction blocking voter ID from taking effect indefinitely. Judge Biggs issued her injunction despite a majority of North Carolina voters adding the voter ID requirement to the state's Constitution in 2018.

Judge Biggs has prohibited the legislature from defending the voter ID law that it wrote. The only parties she has permitted to defend voter ID are Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's administration and Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein, both of whom oppose voter ID.

Attorney General Stein announced last week that he is refusing the legislature's request to push for a stay.

“An unelected Obama appointed federal judge threw out the votes of over two million North Carolinians who agree with me in wanting to secure our elections and made it clear that they want voter ID in our constitution. The legislature acted in a bipartisan manner to carry out the will of the people and protect the next election cycle while making it simple, easy, and free to obtain a photo ID for those legally eligible to vote,” said Sen. Edwards. “To me, voter ID just makes sense – you have to show ID for a number of minor transactions; you should have to do the same when deciding on who will govern our society,” Edwards went on to say.

In its stay application, the legislature focused on the absurdity of Judge Biggs’ ruling that the legislature acted with "discriminatory intent" in passing voter ID, even though one of the three primary bill sponsors is an African American Democrat and two other African American Democrats voted for the bill. The irrationality that several black Democrats who sponsored or supported voter ID acted with intent to discriminate against other African Americans. The legislature also again argued that the people of North Carolina acted to amend their Constitution, and one judge should not suppress the votes of millions of citizens.

The legislature also pushed Judge Biggs to reverse her decision prohibiting the State of North Carolina from providing photo IDs to residents for free, urging her to "not deprive citizens of North Carolina of their right to obtain a free photo ID from their county board of elections."