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Federal Appeals Court Rules North Carolina Voter ID Law Was Enacted With 'Discriminatory Intent

"I Voted" stickers (R) rest on a desk as registered Maryland voters cast their ballots electronically at Ridgeway Elementary School in Severn, Maryland, near Baltimore, 07 November 2006. A recent batch of national public opinion polls gave opposition Democrats an edge in the fight for the Senate and House of Representatives, but some showed a late burst of energy for the president's party. The contest will decide the political landscape for Bush's last two years in office and will shape the 2008 battle to decide his successor. Democrats needed to pick up six of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs to win that chamber and 15 seats to capture the House of Representatives, where all 435 spots were in play. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (TheBlaze/AP) -- A federal appeals court has found that a North Carolina voter ID law was enacted "with discriminatory intent" and must be blocked.

An opinion issued Friday by a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond reverses a lower-court's ruling that had upheld the law.

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The 2013 rewrite to voting laws in North Carolina required photo identification to cast in-person ballots and made other changes.

The U.S. Justice Department, state NAACP, League of Women Voters and others sued the state, saying the restrictions violated the remaining provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.

The ruling comes just days after a federal appeals court in Louisiana found that the Lone Star State's strict voter ID law also violated the Voting Rights Act and ordered the state to make changes before the November election.

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