NC Voter ID Trial Delayed As US Supreme Court Examines Case | Regional

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) – A federal lawsuit slated for January over a litigation challenging North Carolina’s voter photo identification law has been delayed as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether legislative leaders should be allowed to help defend the law in court.

The Supreme Court said last month it would consider a request from Speaker of the House Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger to officially intervene in the case and defend the 2018 law with government prosecutors in the United States. ‘State.

The trial was previously scheduled to be tried in Winston-Salem on January 24. In an order issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs said it made sense to delay the start to avoid further confusion over voter identification. Otherwise, a Supreme Court ruling in favor of GOP lawmakers could require a repeal lawsuit.

“While the court is aware that the parties are preparing for trial, there is no reason that such preparation should be wasted,” Biggs wrote. No new start date has been set.

Berger and Moore argued that state prosecutors led by Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, did not represent the state sufficiently to defend the law. Biggs and the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals have dismissed the GOP leaders’ claims.

The lawsuit will focus on the underlying voter identification law, the subject of the racial bias lawsuit filed by the state’s NAACP and several locals. Further lawsuits are ongoing over the state’s voter identification mandate, which was approved by voters in November 2018 as a constitutional amendment and then formally enshrined in law by the legislature. It is currently not applied.

In September, a state judicial panel ruled that the law was unconstitutional. North Carolina Supreme Court hears third case challenging how lawmakers put the constitutional amendment on the ballot – a case that has been slowed down as recusal motions were filed against two state judges .

Elna M. Lemons