WASHINGTON — Only a week after an appeals court struck down Texas’ voter ID laws, a federal appeals court has now struck down North Carolina’s voting restrictions. The court alleged that the laws targeted African-Americans with intentions of suppressing black turnout on election day.
North Carolina’s voting law requires voters to have ID, and reversed previously allowed same-day voter registration and ended out-of-precinct voting. Prior to the court’s ruling, the law was challenged by North Carolina’s NAACP chapter and the Department of Justice.
Another voter ID law struck down as discriminatory-NorthCarolina. Joins Wisconsin and Texas-in one week. Let people vote! #VoterID
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) July 29, 2016
Along with North Carolina, 17 other states have enacted some form of voting procedures for the upcoming 2016 election. Those 17 are Arizona, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana.
North Carolina’s House Speaker Tim Moore criticized the decision, saying, “We can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election. We will obviously be appealing this politically motivated decision to the Supreme Court.”
Department of Justice head Loretta Lynch praised the decision made by the three-panel judge.
“The ability of Americans to have a voice in the direction of their country — to have a fair and free opportunity to help write the story of this nation — is fundamental to who we are.”
North Carolina is a key state that is still in play for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Democrats believe the ruling will help them deliver the state, while Republicans say the decision allows voter fraud.
Although the State could appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, it is unlikely that court would issue a decision before election day.
That means the current decision will almost certainly guide North Carolina’s 2016 election, raising questions about voting irregularities and the ability of the state to conduct a fair election.