How plaintiffs attorneys believe recent voter ID court decisions affect case in Alabama

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - We've seen voter ID laws in multiple states ripped off the books by the courts in the last ten days, but Alabama's law remains.

For how much longer though?

We checked in with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which is representing the plaintiffs in the suit to end Alabama's voter ID  laws.

Attorney Liliana Zaragoza tells us  that the rulings we've seen over the past ten days don't ensure any specific outcome in Alabama's case, "With each of those cases, it's a little bit different. Each state has its own unique parameters around which id's are allowed. For example, the North Carolina law included other provisions reducing early voting, which Alabama doesn't have. So there's nothing to reduce."

Each state's case comes with nuance .

Zaragoza emphasizes, "Each state kind of finds itself in a different place. So with the state of Alabama and the Alabama voter ID law, it is both more strict and less strict in certain ways."

But the plaintiff's attorneys believe the case in Alabama still has legs before the court, "The court at every stage has indicated this case will go forward."

However, the expectation is not that it will get resolved before the November election.

"We actually expect this case to be, unfortunately, resolved later than this election," says Zaragoza. However, she adds, "There have been a lot of changes and a lot of victories last week. So it is possible that something has changed. That this has opened up some conversation particularly now that several courts over the last two weeks have really indicated that these are troubling laws."

The plaintiff's attorneys said they hope to have the case settled before any municipal elections in the state next year.

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