by Dylan Housman
A North Carolina federal appeals court ruled that a 2018 voter ID law was not passed with racist intent on Wednesday, according to the Charlotte Observer.
A lower court had previously ruled against the state legislature on New Year’s Eve 2019, citing past cases of racist voter suppression in the state, according to the Charlotte Observer. Trial court judge Loretta Briggs said at the time that the law was tainted because “racial discrimination and racial polarization have historically pervaded North Carolina’s political climate — and still do.”
Advocates for the law aren’t in the clear yet, as a related case is simultaneously advancing through the state court system as well, the Observer reports. The federal case could also be appealed, once again, to a higher court.