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Voter Suppression Will Be Allowed in North Carolina — Judge Rules: Law Designed to Reduce Black Votes Will Stand While Suit Against it is Litigated

The voting law, which has been called one of the most egregious in recent history, will stand trial next summer

Illustration by DonkeyHotey.

The law eliminates same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting, cuts the number of early voting days from 17 to 10, and requires voters to present specific forms of identification at the polls.  About 70% of black voters voted early in 2008 and 2012, and African Americans were also more likely to use same-day registration than other groups.


By Maya Rhodan
A federal judge ruled Friday against a petition by the Justice Department and civil rights group to block North Carolina’s expansive voting law from taking effect before November’s election, writing there was not enough evidence that it would cause “irreparable harm” if it remained in effect.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder said in his opinion that though the plaintiff’s raised plausible claims against the 2013 law, there was no need for an injunction on the law while the issue was litigated in the courts. The state’s request to dismiss the case altogether was also denied, and it will stand trial next year.

The law, which has been called one of the most suppressive laws in recent history, is being challenged by the Obama Administration and a group of civil rights organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Advancement Project, and the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, which claims the law will disenfranchise thousands of black voters. The law eliminates same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting, cuts the number of early voting days from 17 to 10, and requires voters to present specific forms of identification at the polls.

About 70% of black voters voted early in 2008 and 2012, and African Americans were also more likely to use same-day registration than other groups.

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1 comment:

Kate Mendenhall said...

These "new" voting laws floating around is where racism began to creep into our society again! GOP leadership...bullying, refusing, dissing PBO constantly.GOP leadership not good examples as to HOW to treat the POTUS. Obama is also black, & GOP setting example of just how to treat a black person, too! This "mindset" is now rising again. Thanks, GOP!

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