N. Carolina court blocks voter ID law as discriminatory
This post is especially for those HT posters who have, in the past, insisted that there is nothing even remotely racially prejudiced about the supposedly upgraded voter ID laws passed by Repubs. to curb voter fraud -- or so the Repubs. say.
Another court disagrees.
"A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday blocked the state's voter identification law from going into effect, finding it was a discriminatory attempt to suppress the black vote, in a victory for Democrats and voting rights advocates.
The appeals court reversed a lower court decision that denied a preliminary injunction against a law requiring voters to produce a photo ID at the polls.
The ruling puts the voter ID law on hold until the underlying lawsuit challenging it is decided, likely blocking it for the November 2020 general election.
The law did include a provision allowing people without proper ID to still vote, but the appeals court found the provision burdensome and that the "discriminatory intent" of the law was especially evident in those exceptions.
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Republican-led legislatures in several states have passed similar voter ID laws, arguing they are needed to prevent voter fraud.
But critics including Democrats and voting rights advocates call the laws an effective way to attempt to suppress votes from African Americans, who are both more likely to vote Democratic and lack the needed identity cards.
"Extensive research reveals that fraud is very rare (and) voter impersonation is virtually nonexistent," the Brennan Center for Justice, which bills itself as a nonpartisan law and policy institute, says in its ongoing voter fraud project."
Here's to the N.Carolina courts!