Civil rights advocates on Tuesday praised a federal judge in North Carolina who struck down the state\u0026#039;s new voter ID law, saying in her ruling that there was likely \u0022discriminatory intent\u0022 behind state Republicans\u0026#039; attempt to force voters to present specific forms of identification at the polls.U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs wrote in her ruling that the law, S.B. 824, was the latest example of North Carolina\u0026#039;s \u0022sordid history of racial discrimination and voter suppression stretching back to the time of slavery, through the era of Jim Crow, and, crucially, continuing up to the present day.\u0022NEW: Federal judge just struck down NC’s voter ID law: “North Carolina has a sordid history of racial discrimination \u0026amp; voter suppression stretching back to the time of slavery, through the era of Jim Crow, and, crucially, continuing up to the present day.” https://t.co/4lCU4NC4yM— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) January 1, 2020GOP lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper\u0026#039;s veto of the law in 2019, two years after a federal appeals court struck down an earlier voter ID law which it said had cut many black North Carolinians out of the democratic process \u0022with almost surgical precision\u0022—as voter turnout among African Americans dropped by six percent when it was in effect.Biggs noted Tuesday that S.B. 824 had been pushed forward by many of the same legislators who had passed the earlier law.The latest effort by\u0026nbsp;Republicans to require specific forms of identification at the polls would have allowed voters to present a driver\u0026#039;s license, passport, or military ID in order to vote, but not a public assistance ID card. Biggs described the latter stipulation as \u0022particularly suspect,\u0022 as nearly 29 percent of North Carolinians who use SNAP benefits are black.\u0022The evidence suggests that minority voters are not just less likely to have an acceptable form of ID, but that the legislature excluded photographic ID that could have greatly reduced that discrepancy,\u0022 the judge wrote.\u0026nbsp;Political reporter Will Doran of the News \u0026amp; Observer noted that the federal court had announced its plans to strike down S.B. 824 last week, but it hadn\u0026#039;t been clear that the law would be blocked for all of the 2020 election.\u0022We knew this was coming, but not in such a sweeping fashion,\u0022 tweeted Doran.Breaking(ish): Federal judge strikes down NC voter ID law for 2020 for being racially discriminatoryWe knew this was coming, but not in such a sweeping fashion. And she struck it down for the entire election cycle, not just the primary #ncpol #ncga https://t.co/CctrsBMkgb— Will Doran (@will_doran) December 31, 2019Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the North Carolina conference of the NAACP, called the strong language Biggs used in her ruling \u0022so appropriate\u0022 considering the stakes of the 2020 elections.\u0022I hope it is something that will encourage people who have not exercised their right to vote to cast their votes,\u0022 Spearman told the Washington Post.Biggs also ordered state officials to publicize the news that voter IDs would not be needed to vote in the March 3 presidential primary and other state elections for the time being.