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Strict North Carolina Voter ID Law Thwarted After Supreme Court Rejects Case

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Democracy lives to see another day in NC.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/us/politics/voter-id-laws-supreme-court-north-carolina.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would stay out of a fight over a restrictive North Carolina voting law. The move left in place a federal appeals court ruling that struck down key parts of the law as an unconstitutional effort to “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision.”

As is the court’s custom, the justices gave no reason for declining to hear the case. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. issued a statement noting that there was a dispute about who represented the state in the case and that nothing should be read into the court’s decision to decline to hear it.

The leaders of North Carolina’s Republican-controlled Legislature seized on that point on Monday, all but stating that they would seek to enact new voting restrictions after their defeat.

“All North Carolinians can rest assured that Republican legislators will continue fighting to protect the integrity of our elections by implementing the common sense requirement to show a photo ID when we vote,” House Speaker Tim Moore and Phil Berger, the president pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate, said in a statement.

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The leaders of North Carolina’s Republican-controlled Legislature seized on that point on Monday, all but stating that they would seek to enact new voting restrictions after their defeat.

Hopefully they do it as quickly as possible. Maybe another return through appeals will prompt SCOTUS to reaffirm the state's rights rather than take the left approach of blaming more efforts to curb voter fraud on racism.

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