A panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down North Carolina’s “Voter ID” law on Friday and ruled that the state acted with racially discriminatory intent when it designed the identification requirement and other voting restrictions. The court did not place North Carolina back under the preclearance provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act.

The decision overturns a lower court decision which consolidated three separate cases and rejected the plaintiffs’ constitutional and Voting Rights Act challenges to the North Carolina law.

This is the third legal setback for Voter ID laws in the past two weeks.

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