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North Carolina judges ruled Friday that the state's latest photo identification voter law is racially biased and discriminates against Black voters, violating their equal protections.

Why it matters: This is the second time North Carolina has had a voter ID law overturned by the courts. In 2016, a federal appeals court blocked a similar 2013 law because it violated the Constitution and targeted Black voters with "almost surgical precision."

The big picture: Two of the trial judges on Friday declared the December 2018 law unconstitutional, finding the law intentionally discriminates against Black voters, violating their equal protections.

  • Lawyers for the voters who sued over the law said it suffered from the same racial defects as the 2013 law.
  • In a dissenting opinion, Judge Nathaniel Poovey wrote that the voter ID law falls in line with the state constitution and received support from several Black legislators and the citizens voting for the constitutional referendum, AP notes.

What they're saying: The law “was motivated at least in part by an unconstitutional intent to target African American voters,” Superior Court Judges Michael O’Foghludha and Vince Rozier wrote in the majority opinion.

  • “Other, less restrictive voter ID laws would have sufficed to achieve the legitimate nonracial purposes of implementing the constitutional amendment requiring voter ID, deterring fraud, or enhancing voter confidence,” they write.

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Poll: Majority of Americans oppose Texas abortion law

Pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1, 2021. Photo: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The majority of Americans say the Supreme Court should reject a Texas law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out Tuesday.

Why it matters: The poll comes after the Supreme Court heard two cases on the Texas law earlier this month. It is set to hear a case on Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban — a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade on Dec. 1.

What SCOTUS' docket means for Arkansas

Data: Myers Abortion Facility Database on OSF; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

A law enacted in 2019 would make abortions illegal in Arkansas if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Driving the news: The nation's high court heard oral arguments yesterday in a case involving a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Supreme Court seems open to lawsuits challenging Texas abortion ban

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The Supreme Court on Monday seemed likely to let legal challenges to Texas' near-total abortion ban proceed.

Why it matters: A majority of the justices — including two Trump nominees, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — seemed concerned with the way Texas has tried to evade legal challenges in federal courts.