Federal Judge Upholds North Carolina Voter ID Law

Federal judge upheld law designed to suppress minority votes.

A federal judge has upheld discriminatory North Carolina voter ID law that requires residents to show photo identification in order to vote. In a 485-page ruling issued Monday, Judge Schroeder wrote that North Carolina had a “legitimate state interest” in its effort to “detect and deter fraud,” even though there is “no evidence of any [in-person voter impersonation] actually occurring.” Schroeder ruled in favor of all parts of the Republican-backed 2013 law, which includes the ID requirement, reducing the number of days people could vote early, and ending same-day registration.

“This ruling further affirms that requiring a photo ID in order to vote is not only common sense, it’s constitutional,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “Common practices like boarding an airplane and purchasing Sudafed require photo ID, and thankfully a federal court has ensured our citizens will have the same protection for their basic right to vote.”

Civil rights activists think that this decision will disproportionately affect people of color. Obviously, this law targets black and Hispanic voter participation, because it will deny thousands of African Americans and Latinos their right to vote.

Several civil rights organizations, including The Justice Department, the NAACP, and the League of Women Voters, plan to appeal the decision to the Fourth Circuit.

The restriction of the right to vote is an attack on the foundations of democracy. It’s disturbing to witness something like this in a country that claims to be the “most democratic”.

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