Federal judge upholds North Carolina ID law

Posted April 25

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— North Carolina's voter ID law is constitutional and should remain in effect, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled late Monday.

"Plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate that Defendants have violated § 2 of the VRA or the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, or Twenty-Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution," Schroeder ruled in a 485-page opinion.

The case was brought by the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP, a trio of churches and several individual plaintiffs. The Obama administration also sided with those who said that the new law would prevent voters qualified to vote from casting a ballot.

"I've not read the full opinion, but it appears the federal district court paid close attention to the evidence that was presented," said Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

In addition to keeping North Carolina's voter ID law in effect, the federal court ruling also says other changes made by Republican lawmakers at the same time will stand. Most notably, Schroeder ruled that a prohibition on out-of-precinct voting – when a voter comes to the wrong polling place on Election Day – should take effect after the North Carolina's June primary. That means the strict in-precinct provisions will be in effect for the November election.

"Just like those who carried on before us, we will continue our movement challenging regressive and discriminatory voter suppression tactics on behalf of African Americans, Latinos, seniors, students and all those for whom democracy has been denied," said the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP.

Barber's group has scheduled a conference call for Tuesday to talk about next steps.

"The sweeping barriers imposed by this law undermine voter participation and have an overwhelmingly discriminatory impact on African-Americans. This ruling does not change that reality. We are already examining an appeal," said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project.

Meanwhile, Gov. Pat McCrory hailed the ruling Monday night.

"This ruling further affirms that requiring a photo ID in order to vote is not only common-sense, it's constitutional," McCrory said. "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."


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  • Jimmy Ray Apr 27, 5:09 p.m.
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    President Obama's campaigns and administration was all about dividing up American into groups and playing one off another.

    "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."
    -- Obama
    " I want you to argue with them and get in their face!"

    Obama To GOP: ‘They Can Come For The Ride, But They Have To Sit In Back’,

    Obama has been the most divisive president since Nixon.

    I'm all for a Black man being President but Obama's roots don't come from the American Black experience. Obama isn't even fully African. His ancestry comes from privilege.

    It's water under the bridge now, but too bad our first African American president wasn't Dr. Walter Williams or Dr. Ben Carson or Clarence Thomas.

  • David McCabe Apr 27, 3:48 p.m.
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    "Let's go beat up some transgender people - we have time before lunch." Nah man, no ad hominem there...

  • Fanny Chmelar Apr 27, 3:37 p.m.
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    The ID was a red herring to pass the other parts of the law. Notice how they tweaked the ID part ust before the Federal case started - they "white washed" the language the best they could.

    Hint: when politicians have you playing "us vs. them" for who gets to vote, you fell for their tricks.

  • Doug Smallen Apr 26, 6:27 p.m.
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    If you don't have the ambition to get a Photo ID, you don't deserve the right. Just call the local Political parties and they will assist you .

  • Doug Smallen Apr 26, 6:23 p.m.
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  • Steve Clark Apr 26, 4:42 p.m.
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    Hey Jimmy, I admit - I'm curious too. Mitt Romney won NC by 100k votes 2.27M to 2.18M. Hillary just got 616k and Bernie got 460k. The 4 Rep's got about 1.1M combined..

    Deep down, I suspect, even WITH voter ID.. that both parties will turn out in Great numbers this year.

  • B.c. Jimmy Apr 26, 4:30 p.m.
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    I look forward to reviewing the numbers in this years presidential election and comparing same to 2012.

  • Steve Clark Apr 26, 3:46 p.m.
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    You ruined your post with the last sentence. "voter fraud doesn't exist"... how do you know? WHO would tell you if it did?
    And it wasn't "just a few" Acorn employees... and it wasn't just Acorn... and you didn't answer my (admittedly hypothetical question)... how many voter registration fraud cases have their been, involving Republicans?

    And NOW the Gov of VA (former Hillar campaign aid) decides to issue an executive order allowing all felons to vote... 202k of them (Obama lost VA by 100k) ... Getting illegals the right to vote.. quickly... isn't a Rep thing.. that's a Dem thing. IMHO, the bottom line is, you can't say voter fraud doesn't exist, because the people who are telling you it doesn't, have the (unmonitored) job of preventing Voter Fraud.

    It's like asking the security guard "Did anyone use a fake ID to get in" and he says 'Nope' ... and then reporting "no one underage got in' ... C'mon..

  • Steve Clark Apr 26, 3:32 p.m.
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    And Tanning salon taxes (as imposed by Obama) impact whites more than others... but no one in the media called it racist.

  • Roland Kandalbar Apr 26, 2:44 p.m.
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    I remember a few Acorn workers filing fraudulent voter registration forms in order to get paid for work they didn't do. There never was any evidence of the massive voter fraud that McCain-Palin when they were running their dog and pony show. Voter fraud doesn't exist.