Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in NC voter ID case

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in NC voter ID case

The Supreme Court refused to hear North Carolina’s appeal of a lower court’s decision to strike down its voter ID law. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals judge’s ruling striking down the controversial 2013 law will stand.

Earlier a judge found that North Carolina’s ballot restrictions targeted black voters “with almost surgical precision.”
The North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five ways, all which disproportionately affected black voters.

  • The law required voters to present an approved form of photo identification before casting a valid ballot;
  • reduced the early voting period from 17 to 10 days;
  • eliminated out-of-precinct voting;
  • eliminated same-day registration and voting; and
  • eliminated preregistration by 16-year-olds.




Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the court’s refusal to hear the case isn’t a judgment on its merits.

 

“This law, enacted with what the appeals court called discriminatory intent and ‘almost surgical precision’ targeting African-American voters, is meeting its much-deserved demise,” Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement. “An ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing.”

One Response to Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in NC voter ID case

  1. Roy 05/15/2017 at 11:18 am

    I have to show ID to buy alcohol or tobacco, ammunition, or Sudafed.

    As residents of North Carolina, we are required to show our ID to purchase alcohol, tobacco, to purchase a firearm legally, and even to purchase Sudafed in some areas. We also have to produce identification to board an airplane. None of that is considered racist and we all do without question.

    But, a vote is a powerful thing. As powerful as a firearm or a vehicle, perhaps more so.

    Why is asking for an ID to use it racist?

    Are we to conclude that black people in North Carolina are not capable of obtaining a picture ID? The Supreme Court evidently believes that.

    If I was black I’d be full of righteous anger right now at this obviously racist and elitist opinion.

    This insanity has to stop.

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