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North Carolina judges block voter ID law, saying it discriminates against Black people


North Carolina State University students wait in line to vote in the primaries at Pullen Community Center on March 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina is using the new voter ID law for the first time. This excludes students ID cards.

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A panel of North Carolina judges in split decision Friday blocked the state’s voter ID law, saying it discriminated against Black people.

In their opinion, the majority of three-judge panels stated that the evidence showed the law was passed in part to achieve a discriminatory goal. They also said the current version would have been invalidated if it did not discriminate against African American voters.

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