Even Conservative SCOTUS can’t Stomach N Carolina Voter Suppression

imageby Andrea Germanos, staff writer | Commondreams.org | – –

North Carolina’s Voter ID Law Meets ‘Its Much-Deserved Demise’
Decision by U.S. Supreme Court not to review appeals court decision on 2013 law affords ‘a huge victory against sham voter ID laws’

The Supreme Court’s decision today, said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, means “[a]n ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing.” (Photo: AFGE/flickr/cc)
Monday brought a victory for voting rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined (pdf) to review a lower court’s decision that struck down North Carolina’s controversial voter ID law. According to Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, the development means “[a]n ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing.”

A federal appeals court last year found that law, which shrunk the early voting period and stopped the practice of pre-registering teenagers in addition to the ID requirement, was racially discriminatory as it targeted “African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

Now, Ho added, the law has met “its much-deserved demise.”

The ACLU, along with other civil rights groups, had challenged the law, which was passed in the wake of the high court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder. That decision was decried as having “sounded the death knell” for a key provision in the Voting Rights Act.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law also applauded the announcement, with its president and executive director, Kristen Clarke, saying it “now renders North Carolina’s law null and void, and brings to close a long and protracted battle over a law deemed one of the most egregious voter suppression measures of its kind.”

It also, according to Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, “tells the people of North Carolina and across the country that the right to vote unencumbered by expansive restrictions or by racist politicians or racist policies is fundamental, and that under the laws of the land, it will be upheld.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) took to Twitter to call it “a huge victory against sham voter ID laws written to suppress the vote.”

“Next,” she continued, “we must restore the #VotingRightsAct gutted by #SCOTUS.”

Via Commondreams.org

3 Responses

  1. What’s frightening is that we’re having to depend on the courts because a horrible gap is growing between the letter of the law and what the public is willing to convince itself it means. They see clearly discriminatory laws and convince themselves that these only affect a mythical race of alien vote fraudsters or public bathroom pederasts that has nothing to do with their animosity towards tens of millions of actual minority citizens.

    Lincoln said during another period of polarization, “As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”

    • Excellent comment! Very clearly states the hypocrisy behind the conservative support for voter suppression, which they purposely conflate with protection against voter fraud.

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