- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A trial on voter ID in North Carolina state court has been set aside for now with a federal appeals court last month blocking enforcement of the photo identification mandate.

Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan met Tuesday with attorneys for the state and those who sued in 2013. Morgan had scheduled a Sept. 26 trial but delayed the schedule with the 4th Circuit’s decision.

Attorneys acknowledged the state litigation is moot if the U.S. Supreme Court won’t reinstate photo ID, but a trial could still happen if it’s revived by the nation’s justices.

Morgan is running for state Supreme Court in November. He said Tuesday he wouldn’t recuse himself from the case, citing a judicial ethics official’s correspondence before becoming a candidate finding no conflict in him continuing to preside.

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