On December 30, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs ordered a delay in a trial to determine the constitutionality of the NC voter ID law. The trial, set to begin in federal District Court in January, will now be delayed because the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about who should defend the law in court. Republican leaders in the NC legislature want SCOTUS to allow them to defend the ID law, rather than allowing Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, to represent the state. Judges in lower federal courts have already ruled in favor of the Attorney General. SCOTUS is expected to decide the case by summer of 2022.