Republican legislators want a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s new voter identification rules thrown out, saying accusations that they violate several portions of the state constitution aren’t true. The offices of House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger confirmed their dismissal motion was filed in Wake County court late Tuesday.
Several voters sued last month within minutes of a photo voter ID requirement becoming law once the General Assembly overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto. The law implemented a constitutional amendment approved in a November referendum mandating photo ID to vote in person.
In 2016, federal judges struck down a 2013 law containing a photo ID requirement. The new lawsuit says the new law is discriminatory. GOP lawmakers disagree and contend the new law meets constitutional muster.