Appeals court: North Carolina voter ID law unconstitutional

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court says a North Carolina law illegally targeted minorities with tougher ballot-access rules, such as requiring photo identification to vote, adding a new partisan flashpoint in a swing state with a raft of hotly contested elections.

The ruling Friday by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the 2013 law violated the Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act by targeting black voters. It marks the third ruling in less than two weeks against voter ID laws after court decisions regarding Texas and Wisconsin.

The law was passed two years after Republicans took control of the state legislature for the first time in a century. The opinion by a three-judge panel stated GOP politicians sought to entrench power by making it harder for minorities to vote.

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