Roberts wants to hear from voter-ID critics

RALEIGH (AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wants to hear from those who sued to overturn North Carolina’s voter identification law about the state’s request to restore the photo ID mandate for the November election.

The court said Tuesday that Roberts wants by Aug. 25 a written response to Monday’s filing by the state to keep voter ID and 10 days of early voting in place.

Attorneys for state officials say voting rules shouldn’t be altered this close to the general election. They want to delay a federal appeals court ruling last month that struck down a 2013 law, canceled voter ID and returned early voting to cover 17 days.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law was approved with the intent to discriminate against black voters.

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