NC Appeals Court moves on voter ID constitutional amendment case

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Donna Stroud

An update to the story published yesterday about lawyers for the state NAACP trying to get the Court of Appeals to move the constitutional amendments case back to Wake County Superior Court.

After lawyers for the NAACP petitioned the state Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus – essentially asking the high court to order the Appeals Court to act – the Appeals Court sent the case back to Superior Court.

The Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, said in August that legislatures with illegally racially gerrymandered districts don’t automatically have the power to ask voters to amend the constitution. The state NAACP is challenging amendments requiring voter photo ID and capping the state income tax.

The high court sent the case back down to the trial court to have more questions answered.

To get back down to the trial court, the Appeals Court had to first sign-off. The case stalled out there.  In a Monday night email to Kym Meyer, a lawyer representing the NAACP, Appeals Court clerk Eugene H. Soar said he did not know about the Appeals Court judges’ plans for the case. In an email Wednesday, he said it had been sent back to Wake County Superior Court.

Where the case ends up exactly is still a question. Lawyers for Republican legislators want it to go to a three-judge panel, rather than to the Superior Court judge who initially ruled against them. Lawyers for the NAACP have objected, saying that a three-judge panel has already said the case is outside its jurisdiction.

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Lynn Bonner
Load More In News

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

When the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Commission on Government Operations sent a recent detailed request to… [...]

Fear of punishment, concerns that prison staff thwart attempts to submit grievances cited A new report… [...]

Leoni entered this world on Jan. 23, a daughter of Donnie Red Hawk McDowell and his… [...]

For nearly two decades, people who care about North Carolina’s most vulnerable, who relish understanding the… [...]

If social scientists who study inequality agree that white people enjoy more favorable treatment, relative to… [...]

Twenty-five years ago, when a powerful state Senator quietly and suddenly advanced a bill that would… [...]

* Inspired by this news story. The post A campaign of hate appeared first on NC… [...]

Bills that elevate politics over science, research and training are an attack on the integrity of… [...]


You may republish this article online or in print under our Creative Commons license. You may not edit or shorten the text, you must attribute the article to The Pulse and you must include the author’s name in your republication.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


Creative Commons License AttributionCreative Commons Attribution
NC Appeals Court moves on voter ID constitutional amendment case