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>> The US Supreme Court on Monday putting the final nail in North Carolina's strict voting ID law, rejecting a Republican bid to revive the measure after it was struck down by a lower court as a means of suppressing Black voter turnout. The 2013 law required every voter to present a government issued ID card, allowing a driver's license, passport, or military ID.
But not public assistance cards used by many minorities in North Carolina. Reporter Andy Sullivan says the law is one of a number of similar statutes passed by Republican-controlled states.>> This broader battle over voting rights has been going on for more than a decade now. Republicans have been pushing efforts to require all voters to present a photo ID.
Democrats and voting rights advocates say that that tends to make it more difficult for minorities and poor people to vote.>> The law also cut back early voting and ended same day voter registration. The Supreme Court leaving in place a ruling by the Fourth Circuit Circuit Court of Appeals that found the law, quote, targeted African-Americans with almost surgical precision.
The Justices' decision to reject the appeal sets no legal precedent. But civil rights groups hailed it as a significant victory.>> The North Carolina law was particularly aggressive, and there were some really unflattering facts that came out in trial. They found that Republican lawmakers who wrote the law analyzed how Black people like to vote, where they voted, what time they voted.
And then they wrote the law specifically to make it harder for them to do so. So the judges have ruled pretty consistently that this law was passed with an intent to discriminate on the basis of race.>> Republicans say such laws are needed to prevent voter fraud, but have been unable to show widespread evidence of abuse.