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Judge tosses North Carolina mandatory voter ID amendment citing gerrymandering

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A judge in North Carolina on Friday tossed out the state’s constitutional amendment requiring a voter ID, citing prevalent gerrymandering in the state’s General Assembly. 

Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins wrote in a ruling late Friday afternoon that the North Carolina General Assembly is so gerrymandered that its members do not truly represent the state’s residents and thus should never have proposed a voter ID amendment in the first place.

{mosads}“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.

Collins also tossed out a second Republican-backed amendment implementing a cap on the state’s income tax.

North Carolina’s GOP chairman told the Raleigh News & Observer that the ruling should be overturned.

“These amendments were placed on the ballot and passed by an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians,” Robin Hayes told the newspaper. “This unprecedented and absurd ruling by a liberal judge is the very definition of judicial activism.”

North Carolina’s chapter of the NAACP celebrated the decision, calling the voter ID law “racist” in a statement to the News & Observer.

“We are delighted that the acts of the previous majority, which came to power through the use of racially discriminatory maps, have been checked,” Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman said.

“The prior General Assembly’s attempt to use its ill-gotten power to enshrine a racist photo voter ID requirement in the state constitution was particularly egregious, and we applaud the court for invalidating these attempts at unconstitutional overreach.”

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