Dec 27, 2019

Judge temporarily blocks North Carolina voter ID law

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A federal judge on Friday announced she will block a North Carolina photo ID law set to take effect in 2020 until it has been adjudicated in court, CBS reports.

Why it matters: The decision means voters will not have to show certain types of photo identification at the state's primary election in March. The NAACP, which filed the lawsuit, has argued that the law would deter black and Hispanic voters.

  • The law would have required those who mail in absentee votes, beginning as early as next week, to provide a photo ID copy.

What they're saying: "This is a long-fought-for victory against voter suppression and for equal access to the ballot in this state,” said Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the state's NAACP chapter, at a press conference Friday.

What's next: The state Department of Justice, which is run by Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein, did not comment on whether it would appeal the decision, per CBS.

Go deeper: Judge authorizes purge of 300,000 from Georgia voter rolls

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Wisconsin appeals court blocks order to purge 200,000 voters from election rolls

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A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday blocked a judge's decision to immediately purge as many as 209,000 names from the state's voter registration rolls, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The ruling "effectively hit the pause button on the fast-moving case and means there will be no immediate change to the state’s voter registration rolls," AP notes. The ruling is considered a win for Democrats who are hoping to take back the battleground state in the 2020 elections. Candidate Donald Trump in 2016 carried Wisconsin by less than 23,000 votes, per the New York Times.

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Nearly 100,000 Georgia voters to remain purged from voting rolls

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A federal judge on Friday denied an effort led by the voting rights group Fair Fight Action to return roughly 98,000 Georgia voters to the state's voter rolls.

What's happening: This ruling is part of a larger initiative for the state to cancel approximately 300,000 inactive voter registrations, due to those voters moving away or not participating in elections.

Go deeperArrowDec 28, 2019

In photos: The moments that defined a decade

Obama, Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and national security team members in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011, during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Photo: Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images

The 2010s were marked by terrorism, major natural disasters, huge political upheaval and, in the U.S. in particular, political polarization.

Zoom in: The decade began with Democratic President Obama, political gridlock in the Republican-controlled Congress and surging partisanship. It's closing with Republican President Trump impeached by the Democratic-controlled House. A bright spot has been the the U.S. economy, which has steadily improved since the financial crisis of the previous decade.

See photosArrowUpdated Dec 29, 2019