DENVER — A federal judge in Colorado has blocked the state from implementing a new voter identification law that the judge said was too burdensome and too discriminatory.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith of Denver said Friday he did not think the law was in the public interest and that it would not have prevented voter fraud in Colorado.
The judge said the law had “deeply embedded racial animus” in the state, making it “the most restrictive and burdensome voter ID measure in the country.”
Goldsmith said it also made it harder for nonwhite voters to cast ballots.
He also said it was a direct attack on the right to vote by limiting the number of people who can register to vote.
A federal judge is scheduled to rule on the constitutionality of the law on May 19.