September date set for North Carolina voter ID state trial


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A challenge to North Carolina’s new voter identification requirement will go to trial in state court before the November election.

A Superior Court judge decided Monday on a trial starting Sept. 26 on the mandate approved in 2013 and used for the first time this March.

The case is separate from federal lawsuits challenging the photo ID requirement and other voting changes by the General Assembly. A federal appeals court heard arguments last month whether a lower court decision upholding all the changes should stand.

A ruling in that appeal could come soon, but Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan says he can’t be concerned about what other courts may do.

The state lawsuit focuses on whether the ID requirement is another qualification to vote beyond the state constitution’s limits.

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