4th Circuit sets June 21 date for arguments in voter ID case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing next month to review a lower court ruling that upheld North Carolina’s major 2013 rewrite of its voting laws, including a photo identification requirement to vote in person.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia told attorneys to prepare for oral arguments before a three-judge panel June 21. The announcement Monday continues the appeals court’s effort to quickly examine last month’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder. The first briefs are due later this week.

The state NAACP, League of Women Voters of North Carolina and U.S. Justice Department appealed Schroeder’s decision rejecting arguments that voter ID, scaled-back early voting and other changes discriminated against minority voters. The ID requirement began with the March primary.

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