Supreme Court rules that NC legislature can defend voter ID laws in court

The United States Supreme Court ruled 8-1 earlier in the week that the Republicans from the General Assembly have the right to litigate on behalf of the state’s voter ID laws. 

According to NBC, the ruling stated that because of the case made that the state general and attorney general, being Democrats, were not vehemently protecting the voter-enacted constitutional amendment.

The NAACP argued that the statute violated people’s freedom to vote and was discriminatory against Latino and black voters in court.

In order to prevent the law’s execution, the federal judge took the side of the social interest organization.

The law is still banned as of right now. Republicans in the legislature are now allowed to support the measure in court, though.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch penned the majority opinion released on Thursday, which said that state legislators could defend the law.

“Through the General Assembly, the people of North Carolina have authorized the leaders of their legislature to defend duly enacted state statutes against constitutional challenge. North Carolina has expressly authorized the legislative leaders to defend the State’s practical interests in litigation of this sort,” said Gorsuch.

“State law provides that ‘[t]he Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, as agents of the State, by and through counsel of their choice, ‘shall jointly have standing to intervene on behalf of the General Assembly as a party in any judicial proceeding challenging a North Carolina statute or provision of the North Carolina Constitution,” Justice Gorsuch went on to say.

“Ordinarily, a federal court must respect that kind of sovereign choice, not assemble presumptions against it. Having satisfied the terms of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure … North Carolina’s legislative leaders are entitled to intervene in this litigation.”