NC GOP appeals decision tossing mandatory voter ID amendment

NC GOP appeals decision tossing mandatory voter ID amendment

GOP North Carolina lawmakers are appealing a federal judge's ruling that struck down the state's constitutional amendment requiring voters to have photo identification. 

Legislative leaders in the state filed a notice in the Court of Appeals on Monday that challenged last week's ruling, according to The Associated Press.

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Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins last Friday voided amendments to require a voter ID and to implement a cap on the state's income tax. 

In his ruling, Collins wrote that the North Carolina General Assembly, which approved the amendment referendums in 2018, was illegally established because a federal court had found its district boundaries were gerrymandered in an illegal fashion. 

“An illegally constituted General Assembly does not represent the people of North Carolina and is therefore not empowered to pass legislation that would amend the state’s constitution,” Collins wrote.

Voter ID mandates are not explicitly canceled with Collins's ruling. But the AP noted that the decision will present questions on if it will stand. 

GOP lawmakers are arguing that the ruling threatens the legitimacy of the laws it passed over an 18-month period in 2017 and 2018. 

North Carolina's GOP chairman, Robin Hayes, told The Raleigh News & Observer last week that the decision should be overturned, arguing that the ruling was an "unprecedented and absurd ruling by a liberal judge is the very definition of judicial activism.”