Appeals court blocks N.C. voter ID law for general elections, claim it’s discriminatory

File- This photo shows a NC Voter ID rules posted at the door of the voting station at the Alamance Fire Station in Greensboro, N.C. (Andrew Krech/News & Record via AP)

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A North Carolina appeals court has blocked a voter ID law, which was scheduled to take effect during this years general elections. A three judge panel unanimously made the decision Tuesday after claiming the law was enacted with discriminatory intent.

This comes amid an over years-long battle between Democrats and Republicans in the state to pass some form of voter ID laws. The state passed a more stringent voter ID bill in 2013, but it was shot down by the state’s courts due to similar concerns over discrimination.

The most recent law was passed by North Carolina voters in November 2018. The rule was blocked by a state court for the 2020 primary elections last July. At the time, however, it still had the green-light to be implemented during the generals.

Many left-wing activists have argued the rules would disproportionately target minority voters who may find it more difficult to to obtain state sanctioned forms of ID.

“Illegal voter ID bill; the latest bad faith attempt in a string of failed efforts by the North Carolina General Assembly to impede the right to vote of African Americans and Latinos in this state,” stated Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, President of the North Carolina’s NAACP.

However, many Republicans have argued the laws are necessary to protect electoral integrity.

Republicans have also said the bill is considered lenient compared to how strict voter ID laws can be. This new legislation allows for exemptions, which makes it possible to obtain state sanctioned IDs for free and would allow people to fill out provisional ballots if they do not have a photo ID on them at the time they cast their vote.

State Republicans have not yet said whether they plan on challenging the ruling in court.

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Democrat candidates make last efforts to rally voter support ahead of Tuesday’s N.H. primary

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at a campaign event in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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2020 presidential hopefuls are hoping to lock down voter support with New Hampshire’s Democrat primaries just around the corner. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) is eyeing a comeback after seemingly falling just short of first place in the Iowa caucuses.

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg appeared to take the lead at the nation’s first test of electability in a shocking upset for the Sanders campaign. He managed to pull in a record 1,800 person crowd in a campaign event Sunday, which was the largest turnout among all Democrat candidates in New Hampshire.

During a Saturday Town Hall featuring his fellow contenders, however, Buttigieg was taunted by a large group of attendees. The group was protesting his acceptance of donations from billionaires and PACs.

Buttigieg also took a hit during last week’s Democrat debate when asked about the rise in African American arrests in South Bend after he took office in 2012.

“These things are all connected, but that’s the point,” he stated. “So are all of the things that need to change in order for us to prevent violence and remove the effects a systemic racism not just from criminal justice, but from our economy, from health, from housing and from our democracy itself.”

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Plymouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Meanwhile, a new Emerson survey showed Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) polling third place in New Hampshire, which is likely due to her performance at the Friday debate.

Klobuchar took fourth behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in Iowa. She attributed her rise in popularity to her message of unity and not budging to calls from the far-left to advocate for some of the controversial issues championed by progressives.

As for Klobuchar’s message to voters in New Hampshire:

“I’m the one with the receipts that can bring people with me. I think that’s why we have growing momentum in New Hampshire. And the most important thing, I’ve passed over 100 bills as a lead Democrat the U.S. Senate.”

New Hampshire voters will head to the polls Tuesday, where Sanders has recently dominated and as Buttigieg holds off on clinging to his more liberal agenda.

With President Trump’s approval numbers remaining steady, it will be up to the Democrat Party to find the nominee they believe can hold off a second victory for Republicans come November.

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