By Outer Banks Voice on January 6, 2020
In the wake of a federal judge’s decision to grant an injunction temporarily blocking North Carolina’s Voter ID law that was supposed to go into effect in 2020, the state has announced there will be no such requirement for voters in the March 3 primary.
At the end of last month, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs granted the preliminary injunction, expressing concern that the measure was motivated by discriminatory intent. The law was slated to be implemented in 2020 after the state’s voters, in 2018, approved a referendum question mandating a voter ID requirement by a margin of 55.5% to 44.5%.
In a statement released on Jan. 2, the office of North Carolina Attorney General Attorney General Josh Stein said he will appeal Biggs’ preliminary injunction in the case.
But the statement also said that “to avoid any further voter confusion in the primary election in which absentee voting begin in just 11 days and to ensure that the primary election proceeds on schedule and is administered in an orderly manner, the Department will not seek a stay of this injunction before the primary.”
“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will review the district court’s decision, but we anticipate that photo identification will not be required to vote in the primary per the district court’s decision,” the statement concluded.
On Monday, Jan. 6, the North Carolina Board of Elections released a video informing voters that they will not need a photo ID for the primary elections. While that election will be officially held on March 3, in-person early voting begins Feb. 13 and absentee by-mail ballots are scheduled to go out beginning Jan. 13.