In a blog post and a Slate Magazine column Thursday, election law expert Richard Hasen suggests Gov. Roy Cooper could score a victory for opponents of North Carolina’s voter ID law by scuttling the state’s appeal of a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling striking down the law….
It’s unclear whether Cooper and Stein will take his advice.
“Gov. Cooper continues to oppose this law and believes we should make it easier, not harder, for people to exercise their right to vote. We’re currently reviewing this case inherited from the prior administration,” Cooper spokeswoman Noelle Talley said.
Stein’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hasen subsequently posted a second piece noting that North Carolina’s legislative leaders can also choose to represent the state in lawsuits, so it’s not clear if Cooper withdrawing the state’s appeal would have the impact he envisioned.