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December 2018

In December 2018, Forward Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of Plaintiffs NC State Conference of the NAACP and several NAACP chapters (NAACP v. Cooper), challenging the validity of North Carolina’s photo voter ID law (S.B. 824) that was enacted after  passage of the constitutional amendment in the 2018 lame duck session, before the newly elected legislature was seated.

The NC NAACP Plaintiffs alleged that S.B. 824 violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, because the passage of this law was motivated by discriminatory intent as part of an effort to dilute the voting strength of the African American and Latinx populations (Complaint).

At the same time, another group of Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the law in a case called Holmes v. Moore. For more information on the Holmes case: Holmes Case Background.

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