Elections

McCrory to ask Supreme Court to weigh in on voter ID decision

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the state will ask the Supreme Court to weigh in on the voter ID law after an appeals court decided it won’t delay enforcement of its ruling striking down the state’s voter ID requirement and other election restrictions.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the stay Thursday, one day after state leaders’ attorneys requested that last week’s ruling be set aside as they prepare to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case.

“Changing our state’s election laws close to the upcoming election, including common sense voter ID, will create confusion for voters and poll workers,” McCrory said in a statement Friday afternoon. “The court should have stayed their ruling, which is legally flawed, factually wrong, and disparaging to our state. Therefore, by early next week, we will be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the ruling of the Court of Appeals.”

A 4th Circuit panel had determined a 2013 law Republicans approved amounted to intentional discrimination of black voters.

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Attorney General and candidate for Governor Roy Cooper talks with reporters about the court decision on the North Carolina Voter ID bill.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says it's "amazing" that state Attorney General Roy Cooper will not defend the state's voter ID law and "other laws" in court. Cooper is running against McCrory in the November race for governor.

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