AG Cooper won’t defend NC in voter ID appeal

Gov. Pat McCrory (file)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory said his office was informed Tuesday Attorney General Roy Cooper will not defend the state in its appeal of the voter ID ruling.

On July 29, a federal appeals court ruled the state’s 2013 election law violated the Federal Voting Rights Act by targeting black voters.

That election law not only requires the use of a government-issued ID to vote, but also decreases the days of early voting and removes same-day registration as well as out of precinct voting.

On Tuesday, McCrory said it is “common sense” to present photo ID to vote.

“In fact, I question whether he should even accept a pay check from the state of North Carolina anymore because he continues to not do his job, McCrory said.

North Carolina Republican lawmakers said they plan to appeal the court’s ruling.

“This decision is so far, so far out of main legal stream, so far away from all legal precedent that has come before it,” Lewis said.

Supporters of the voter ID law say it helps prevent voter fraud.

Tuesday, Cooper said the claims of voter fraud “don’t hold water.”

“The courts keep striking down these laws that are passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. When are they going to learn that you just can’t run roughshot over the constitution?” Cooper said.

Noelle Talley, spokeswoman for Cooper’s office said the AG’s office already put forward their best arguments in court.

“Attorneys with our office put forward their best arguments but the court found that the law was intentional discrimination and we will not appeal. Other parties are adequately represented if they choose to appeal further, although additional appeals would only incur more expense and foster uncertainty with the approaching election and early voting,” Talley said.

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