As previously reported, a federal judge in the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina has granted a temporary injunction on implementing Voter ID requirements as part of a lawsuit filed by the NC state conference of the NAACP.

The ruling comes more than a year after the lawsuit was first filed in December 2018.

The NAACP claims that the current Voter ID law is discriminatory against minority voters and was passed hastily with minimal time for public comment.

The NC Republican Party called the judgment “yet another example of judges legislating from the bench.”

Voter ID at the polls became part of the NC Constitution in November 2018 with 55 percent of voters in favor. The General Assembly delayed implementation until the 2020 elections over questions about what IDs would be acceptable. 

The judge's order blocks the law from taking effect for the full 2020 election cycle, unless the order is blocked or defendants win at trial.

Lawyers for Republican legislative leaders said Monday the order would have to be reversed by January 13 to allow officials to prepare voters for an ID requirement in the March 3 primary election.