Supreme Court Stands With State Legislators on Voter ID

Ruling does not end voter ID disputes. 

In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of North Carolina legislative leaders on Thursday in an ongoing fight over the state’s photo identification voting law. The decision does not end the voter ID dispute, it just means that legislative leaders can intervene in the federal lawsuit to defend the law. A lower court had ruled the legislators’ interests were already being adequately represented by the state’s attorney general. 

Writing for the majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch said, “Through the General Assembly, the people of North Carolina have authorized the leaders of their legislature to defend duly enacted state statutes against constitutional challenge. Ordinarily, a federal court must respect that kind of sovereign choice, not assemble presumptions against it.” 

The lone dissent was from Justice Sonia Sotomayor. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That the justices of the Supreme Court would have wisdom in their rulings on election laws.
  • For the federal and state legislators as solutions to the ongoing issue surrounding voter ID are considered.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished through the judicial process.

Sources: Market Watch, Newsweek, CNN


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