Friday, July 29, 2016
BREAKING: NC's Voter ID Law, Struck Down by 4th Circuit
No shit, Sherlock!
Federal Judge Thomas Schroeder, who presided over the trial challenging the law last summer in Winston-Salem and who subsequently ruled that the whole rancid package looked perfectly constitutional to him, came in for some very pointed criticism: “In holding that the legislature did not enact the challenged provisions with discriminatory intent, the court [Schroeder] seems to have missed the forest in carefully surveying the many trees. This failure of perspective led the court to ignore critical facts bearing on legislative intent, including the inextricable link between race and politics in North Carolina.”
The Fourth Circuit ruling prohibits North Carolina from requiring photo identification from voters in future elections, including the November 2016 general election, restores a week of early voting and preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and ensures that same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting will remain in effect.
So you can mark this date in your diary: Republican voter suppression ended on this date in North Carolina -- at least temporarily but probably at least through this fall's general elections. Can we all say "Hallelujah!"