The Latest: NC voters rejoice after voter ID law is blocked


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a federal appeals court overturning North Carolina’s voter ID law (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

North Carolina voters who were prevented from casting ballots because of the state’s voter ID law are celebrating after a federal appeals court blocked it.

The Rev. Moses Colbert said he couldn’t vote in 2014 because election officials lost his paperwork. Before the 2013 law was passed, he could have simply registered to vote the same day as the election. The new law ended that practice.

Colbert says he was stunned because he almost always votes. The 61-year-old black pastor says he’s aware of all that previous generations did to win him the right to vote.

Dale Hicks couldn’t vote in 2014 because after leaving the Marines in 2014 he moved to another county and couldn’t use same-day registration. He says he felt disenfranchised, and called that a terrible feeling.

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12:45 p.m.

A federal appeals court has found that a North Carolina voter ID law was enacted “with discriminatory intent” and must be blocked.

An opinion issued Friday by a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond reverses a lower-court’s ruling that had upheld the law.

The 2013 rewrite to voting laws in North Carolina required photo identification to cast in-person ballots and made other changes.

The U.S. Justice Department, state NAACP, League of Women Voters and others sued the state, saying the restrictions violated the remaining provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.

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