In a unanimous ruling, the state Supreme Court ruled the ID law violated the state constitution by imposing an additional "qualification" to voting. With this law blocked, 21 states will now have new restrictions in place since the 2010 election.
The two rulings come as many Americans face an ever-shifting voting landscape before heading to the polls this November. Since the 2010 election, new restrictions are slated to be in place in 22 states.
For the second time in two weeks the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law making it harder to vote, first in Ohio and yesterday in North Carolina. Courts should serve as a bulwark against rollbacks to voting rights, not an obstacle to the ballot box.
A series of North Carolina voting restrictions will make it harder for minorities to vote and must be blocked by a federal court before the November election, the Brennan Center for Justice argued in an amicus brief.
A U.S. District Court will hear oral arguments starting today on Texas’s photo ID law. The trial comes as many Americans face an ever-shifting voting landscape before heading to the polls this November.