The U.S. Supreme Court has once again declined to reinstate North Carolina’s strict voter ID law, which was struck down last year after a court ruled it was intentionally designed to stop African-Americans from voting.

The nation’s highest court refused to consider an appeal by North Carolina Republicans, NPR’s Pam Fessler reports.

“Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the court’s refusal to consider an appeal did not signify an opinion on the merits of the case,” Fessler says.

It’s not the first time the Supreme Court has considered an appeal over the voter ID law, which was one of the country’s strictest. It was put in place after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, clearing the way for states with a history of discrimination to craft new voting laws without federal oversight.

Michael Tomsic of member station WFAE wrote last fall about the lengthy battle over North Carolina’s law, which was ostensibly meant to combat voter fraud:

“That fight began in 2013, when the state made cuts to early voting, created a photo ID requirement and eliminated same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting and preregistration of high school students.

“More than half of all voters there use early voting, and African-Americans do so at higher rates than whites. African-Americans also tend to overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.”

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SOURCE: NPR, Camila Domonoske

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