A North Carolina judge on Friday knocked out the state's constitutional amendment calling for an election ID, referring to general rendition in the state's general assembly.
Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins wrote in a ruling late Friday afternoon that the North Carolina General Assembly is so gerrymandered that its members do not really represent state residents and therefore should never have proposed an election ID change in the first place.
"An unlawful assembly does not represent the people of North Carolina and is therefore not empowered to adopt legislation that would change the constitution," Collins wrote.
Collins also proposed another Republican-backed amendment to implement a ceiling on state income tax.
North Carolina's GOP chairman told Raleigh News & Observer that the decision should be overturned.
"These amendments were put to the vote and passed by an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians," Robin Hayes told the newspaper. "This unseen and absurd judgment of a liberal judge is the very definition of legal activism."
North Carolina's NAACP chapter celebrated the decision and calls the select id law "racist" in a statement to News & Observer. 1
"The attempts of the former General Assembly to use his bad power to uncover a racist image picker id in the constitution were extremely fierce, and we welcome the court to void these attempts at constitutional overreach."