The North Carolina Supreme Court issued three decisions on Friday, April 28, proving that the highest court in the state is headed in a different direction.

Two decisions reversed rulings made by the NC Supreme Court when it had a Democratic majority.

In the 2022 election, the voters of the state ended that Democratic majority, and the current NC Supreme Court is made up of five Republicans and two Democrats.  Before the election, the Democrats had a 4-3 majority on the court.

The previous court had ruled that the voting districts drawn by the Republican-controlled legislature were illegally drawn for partisan reasons.  The new decision overrules that and states that the Supreme Court doesn’t have the authority to weigh in on such political matters.

President Pro Tem of the state Senate Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), in a press release, said, “For years plaintiffs and activist courts have manipulated our Constitution to achieve policy outcomes that could not be won at the ballot box. Today’s ruling affirm that our Constitution cannot be exploited to fit the political whims of left-wing Democrats.”

The NC Supreme Court also ruled that the voter ID law passed by the legislature and ruled unconstitutional by the previous court was not racially discriminatory and was constitutional.

In 2018, the voters of the state passed a constitutional amendment requiring voters to provide identification at polling places.  However, the laws to enact that constitutional amendment had been ruled unconstitutional by previous courts.  So, despite the fact that the state had a constitutional amendment requiring voter ID, voters have not been required to provide identification.

The NC Supreme Court also ruled that felons who had been released from prison but were still on probation or under state supervision could not register to vote until all aspects of the sentence, including paying restitution, had been met.