Gov. Cooper, AG Stein ending efforts to appeal voter ID ruling

Gov. Roy Cooper (Steve Sbraccia/CBS North Carolina)
Gov. Roy Cooper (Steve Sbraccia/CBS North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s new Democratic governor and attorney general say they are ending state efforts to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a GOP-backed voter ID law that was struck down by a lower court, but Republican lawmakers say they will continue pushing for the high court’s review.

Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory last year asked the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that the elections law was unconstitutional because it targeted minority voters with “almost surgical precision” to discourage Democratic support and protect Republican dominance.

Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein said Tuesday they’re withdrawing the petition for a high court review.

Republican legislative leaders said their attorneys would continue to push for it. The state elections board also could opt to continue.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as more information becomes available.

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