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Gina Swoboda, Executive Director, VRF:

“In today’s ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the right of state legislatures to intervene in litigation to protect the election integrity measures duly enacted in their state. The people of NC voted yes on a referendum to implement voter ID, and the NC legislature passed a law to amend the state constitution to do so. The Governor and Attorney General of NC had expressed their lack of support for both the referendum, and the legislation to enact it, and the legislature sought to intervene to ensure that the voter ID measure the people of their state had voted to approve was vigorously defended in court. This ruling by the Supreme Court ensures that the government closest to the people, their legislative branch, is able to protect and defend the election integrity measures enacted by their states.”

June 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina can intervene in a lawsuit challenging a voter-ID law that they believed the state’s Democratic attorney general was unlikely to defend strongly enough.