Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Judge Gets It


RALEIGH -- A federal judge on Monday struck down a North Carolina law that criminalized voting for people with felony convictions. 

In a 25-page order, U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs wrote that the law, which was originally passed in 1877, “was enacted with discriminatory intent, has not been cleansed of its discriminatory taint, and continues to disproportionately impact Black voters.” 

Biggs’ ruling does not affect the rules regarding voter eligibility for people with felony convictions. North Carolinians convicted of felonies are still ineligible to vote until they have completed their sentences. 

The case dealt with a separate law that made it a Class I felony for anyone with a felony conviction to vote before their citizenship rights had been restored.

[Kyle Ingram]

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