BREAKING: Court Strikes Down NC's Monster Voter Suppression Law as Discriminatory
In a huge win for voting rights in North Carolina, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down key elements of the 2013 monster voter suppression law passed by the Republican-led legislature and signed by Gov. McCrory.
Progress NC Action released the following statement on Friday in response to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturning North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law, restoring same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and early voting for North Carolina elections:
“Once again, the General Assembly’s assault on democracy has been thwarted as yet another unconstitutional voting law is struck down,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. “The sole purpose of this shameful law was to make it harder for people to vote, because Republicans know they benefit from low voter turnout. Politicians in Raleigh have waged an all-out war on democracy in order to maintain their stranglehold on state government, spending millions of taxpayer dollars to defend their unconstitutional laws. If Republicans believe their policies are popular with voters, why do they keep trying to make it harder for legal voters to actually vote?”
Previous voting laws that have been struck down over the past five months include:
State congressional maps, which were gerrymandered based on race
Wake Co. School Board maps, which were gerrymandered to benefit Republicans
Wake Co. Commission maps, which were gerrymandered to benefit Republicans
Judicial retention elections, which were intended to benefit Gov. McCrory’s appointed justices
Meanwhile, the 4th Circuit is still deciding whether to strike down North Carolina’s gerrymandered state legislative maps. And in January, a district court judge will decide whether to strike down a law gerrymandering Greensboro City Council districts to benefit Republicans.
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that state lawmakers adopted a photo identification requirement for voters and other changes to state elections laws "with discriminatory intent" and ordered that the changes be blocked.
Immediately after lawmakers passed the Voter Information and Verification Act in 2013, the state NAACP, the League of Women Voters, other advocacy groups and several voters challenged the voter ID requirement and other provisions, including reducing the early voting period, eliminating same-day registration and voiding ballots cast in the wrong precinct.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld the law in April, saying the plaintiffs didn't demonstrate the law violated the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Schroeder ignored "critical facts bearing on legislative intent, including the inextricable link between race and politics in North Carolina."