New voter ID law immediately challenged in N Carolina court
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The new North Carolina law detailing how a voter photo identification requirement is carried out has been challenged in court moments after the General Assembly completed the override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the measure.
Six voters filed the lawsuit in Wake County court Wednesday afternoon, less than 15 minutes after the state House completed the override in a 72-40 vote. The Senate already voted to override Tuesday.
The photo ID law passed a month after a constitutional referendum mandating it was approved.
Still, the plaintiffs say the law violates the state constitution and retains requirements within a 2013 photo ID law that federal judges struck down. The voters argue the restrictions will harm black and American-Indian residents disproportionately and creates a financial cost to voting.