THE RALEIGH REPORT
May 15, 2017
Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case on North Carolina's voter ID and voter suppression law. This was the law the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out prior to the 2016 elections after finding that the law discriminated against African American with "almost surgical precision." The U.S. Supreme Court did not release an opinion on the NC redistricting litigation. The wait continues on that case.
Today's announcement is good news for North Carolina voters. The Supreme Court's decision not to hear this appeal upholds the Appeals' Court's ruling and prevents these unconstitutional voter ID restrictions from going into place. Access to the ballot box shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We need to be making it easier to vote, not harder. This fight doesn't end today. In recent weeks, we have seen new Republican attempts to take over county boards of elections to limit access to early voting sites and reduce the opportunity to participate in the electoral process.
Unfortunately, legislative Republicans have repeatedly sought to limit access to voting along racial lines and rig elections for political gain. While today's decision is a positive step forward for democracy in North Carolina, we must continue to work to protect the right to vote for every legal, registered North Carolinian.
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