North Carolina Voter ID Law Passed With Racially Biased Intent, Court Rules

A federal court nullified the Voter ID law passed by the North Carolina Legislature.

Last Friday, a federal court of appeals overturned the decree of North Carolina legislature, which stated that voters were to present certain types of photo identification before being allowed to cast their ballot. The Voter ID law passed in the state of North Carolina in 2013 has since then received backlash from various sections of the public.

The law was characterized by some drastic changes in the verification system for voting. It required that voters present one of six approved ID’s, banned out-precinct voting, restricted early voting, and cancelled same-day voting, BBC News reports.

The federal court in its ruling avowed that the Voter ID law was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.” The ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, which consisted of three judges, was undisputed. It stated that the North Carolina legislature debased the Voting Rights Acts and the Constitution of the U.S by passing a law, which required showing some mandatory types of ID before casting their vote.

Report written by Judge Diana Motz on behalf of the other two judges: James Wynn and Henry Floyd, reads, “The record makes clear that the historical origin of the challenged provisions in this statute is not the innocuous back-and-forth of routine partisan struggle that the State suggests and that the district court accepted. Rather, the General Assembly enacted them in the immediate aftermath of unprecedented African American voter participation in a state with a troubled racial history and racially polarized voting. The district court clearly erred in ignoring or dismissing this historical background evidence, all of which supports a finding of discriminatory intent.”

Judge Motz further scolded the U.S. District Court judge, Thomas Schroeder, for hypocrisy. She stated that Judge Schroeder knew the law was based on a racially discriminatory factor and also constituted a violation of the right of the voters but still went ahead and published a 485-page book to back the Voter ID law.

This comes as a piece of good news as gradually the racially bigoted laws of the U.S. are becoming a matter of the past. The right to vote is one of the basic rights of a citizen hence, the situation, when Blacks are deprived of it, brings us back to the times after Civil War.

Now a new question arises: what candidate do we vote for? People have heard a lot of enticing speeches about the importance of the Black votes, but none of the candidates yet stood out to help the people from the North Carolina with their votes.

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