BREAKING: SCOTUS Puts Final Nail In Coffin Of Racist North Carolina Voter ID Law
Supreme Court Chooses Not To Hear Case, Keeping Unanimous Lower Court Decision In Place
The Supreme Court rendered a 4-4 split decision declining to hear the case challenging a lower court ruling that threw out North Carolina’s 2013 voter ID law. This decision effectively nullifies the discriminatory law and scores yet another court victory against the anti-democracy movement of conservatives.
The Hill reported the voter ID requirements have been buried along with restrictions on early voting. The split on the court was as expected:
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito would have allowed North Carolina to proceed with most of the changes blocked by the 4th Circuit, the Supreme Court said in an order released Wednesday afternoon. Justice Clarence Thomas would have allowed the state to implement all the provisions blocked by the lower court.The four justices in the court’s liberal wing stood with the 4th Circuit. In the case of a four-four split, the lower court’s ruling is allowed to stand.
In recent months, courts have struck down laws in North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Kansas. Many other cases are making their way through the justice system. But one thing is becoming clear: conservatives’ attempts to impede democracy are continually losing.
The 4th Circuit Court handed down a unanimous decision in July throwing out the North Carolina law. The panel did not mince words, essentially stating the law was overtly racist:
“The new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision” and “impose cures for problems that did not exist,” Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote for the panel. “Thus the asserted justifications cannot and do not conceal the State’s true motivation.”
The purpose of the law was to make voting as difficult as possible. One student’s story covering his attempt to get an ID in North Carolina in order to vote was stunning. It’s clear the law was meant to discourage voting, therein thwarting actual democracy.
And this is the same in all places where conservatives have attempted to restrict voting. Wisconsin’s laws were so bad they stopped a 90-year old veteran of Iwo Jima from voting. One would think that story alone would stop all attempts by the right to combat mythical voter fraud. But it didn’t.
This battle will go on as more states’ laws get challenged in the courts. But the good news is the people trying to stamp down democracy are losing. They are losing often and losing everywhere. And with one more reasonable justice on the Supreme Court, they will likely keep going down at the highest of levels.
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