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House speaker: Lawmakers may soon revisit issue of voter ID

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore

House Speaker Tim Moore visited Moore County recently and told an audience that lawmakers could soon take up a voter identification issue again, this time through a constitutional amendment, according to The Pilot.

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the state’s original voter ID law and found that it sought to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision” to limit access to the ballot box.

Moore spoke to the Moore County Republican Men’s Club during its monthly luncheon at the Country Club of North Carolina, according to the newspaper article. In speaking about the “monster” voting law, he criticized Attorney General Josh Stein for withdrawing the state’s appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case.

“I would much rather have had a negative decision by the U.S. Supreme Court than to never have had the opportunity to be heard,” the newspaper quoted Moore.

Moore also discussed a federal court’s decision to appoint a special master to redraw legislative maps in the state’s racial gerrymandering case.

“We believe that our original maps that we passed in 2011 and our current maps that we passed (in August) following this mandate fully comply with the law,” he said, according to the news article. “The new maps we adopted several months ago were based on what the federal courts told us we had to do. For example, ‘don’t take race into account.”

It’s clear in the report that Moore doesn’t trust any court that doesn’t agree with GOP lawmakers. He vowed to take the racial gerrymandering case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

You can read the full news report here.

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