Voter ID Laws In North Carolina Are Racist–Ruled To Be Discriminatory
A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.” That hardly comes as any surprise to those who have followed the voter ID ‘rationale’ that has been used by Republicans all over the nation.
The ruling today also invalidated changes the state made in 2013 to early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration. The list of attempts made by conservatives to undermine the ability of Americans to cast a ballot is stunning and sickening.
North Carolina could seek to appeal the decision to the full bench of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals or to the Supreme Court, but it seems unlikely those courts will step in to restore the voter ID law and other voting-related changes in advance of the November election.
That is good news as the people need to have a clear and unfettered means of casting a ballot for the 2016 presidential election and other offices down ballot.