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NC Dialer ID Process Begins; Will it be blocked before the elections?

NC Dialer ID Process Begins;  Will it be blocked before the elections?

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Good morning! ☀️ Here’s what you need to know about North Carolina politics today.

Do you need an ID to vote in the November elections? After all these years, that question remains a very good question. And all eyes are on the federal court trial that began Monday in Winston-Salem. The lawsuit includes a lengthy lawsuit alleging that the state’s ID requirement discriminates against certain voters. The requirement may be blocked. Regardless of the decision, an appeal seems likely. Again. Here’s what you need to know. – Stephanie Loder, correspondent.

WILL THE VOTER ID REQUIREMENT BE BLOCKED FOR THE NOVEMBER ELECTION?

The trial over North Carolina’s new voter ID requirement began Monday, with attorneys for the NAACP claiming the law was passed with “impermissible, intentional racial discrimination.”

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U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggswho previously temporarily blocked the law, presided over the case when the NAACP brought in witnesses from advocacy groups to testify that the law negatively impacts voters.

The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP sued the state in 2018 over the voter ID requirement, and the law has been stuck in court for the past five years.

Lawyers for Republican lawmakers, who are defendants in the case, say there is no intended discrimination and point to the broad exceptions the law allows for anyone without an ID.

Receive the most important insights from day one in court Kyle Ingram here.

DID REP. WILL DON DAVIS HELP EXPAND BRODY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE?

The North Carolina Republican Party hopes Rep. Don Davis‘ congressional district red in the November elections, so they are listening carefully to his comments.

The National Republican Congressional Committee accused Davis of improperly claiming credit at a town hall when he spoke about his work to expand the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Davis faced criticism as a senator in 2020 for siding with the governor on the state budget that cost the ECU funding for expansion, at least temporarily.

But Davis’ vote in favor of the 2021 budget is more relevant, his chief of staff argued. That plan included funding for the school.

So who is right? Danielle Battaglia checks the facts here.

Hal Weatherman, left, and Jim O’Neill, right, face off in North Carolina’s runoff election for lieutenant governor on May 14, 2024.

WHY TWO NC REPUBLICANS HAVE THE SAME LT. Governor job

A runoff election is scheduled for May 14 between the Republican Party’s two biggest vote-getters, Hello Weatherman And Jim O’Neill, will decide the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of North Carolina.

Neither candidate received more than 30% of the vote in the March primary. Weatherman, former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Dan Bos, received more than 181,000 votes and O’Neill, the Forsyth County district attorney, received about 147,000 votes.

Weatherman, 54, also worked briefly with the U.S. representative. Madison Cawthorn after Forest’s term ended, saying that move was “clearly politically not a good move in my life. Clearly.” He said his decision to run was part of God’s will.

O’Neill, 58, who is in his fourth term as district attorney, ran for attorney general in 2020 but lost to the Democrat Jos Stein. As lieutenant governor, O’Neill wants to continue to focus on crime and community safety.

The winner of the Republican Party’s primary will face state senator. Rachel Huntwho won the Democratic nomination in March.

Get the full story Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan here.

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Kyle Ingram is a political reporter for the News & Observer. He reports on the legislature, voting rights and more in North Carolina politics. He is a graduate of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan is the Capitol Bureau chief for The News & Observer and leads coverage of the North Carolina legislature and executive branch, with a focus on the governor, General Assembly leadership and the state budget. She has received the McClatchy President’s Award, NC Open Government Coalition Sunshine Award and several North Carolina Press Association awards, including for politics and investigative journalism.