Lawsuit seeks voter ID clarity


WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — A judge kept North Carolina’s voter identification law out of last month’s federal trial scrutinizing other election changes by the legislature. Now attorneys who sued over the law and lawyers for the state want resolution on voter ID.

Lawyers this week filed memos with U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder about the photo ID requirement for in-person ballots in 2016. The legislature eased the mandate in June to allow more people to vote without qualifying IDs.

The state’s attorneys say voter ID portions of the lawsuits should be dismissed because of the updated law and an appeals court ruling involving Texas’ law. But the plaintiffs say voter ID is still an undue voting burden and would lead to discrimination. They plan to pitch a proposed settlement agreement to the state soon.

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