Three judge panel blocks NC voter ID law, says it was intended to “suppress black votes”

A ridiculous ruling by three judges on a North Carolina appeals court states that the North Carolina Voter ID law as intended to suppress black votes, and they blocked the law:

FOX NEWS – A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday blocked the state’s voter identification law from going into effect, arguing it was a “discriminatory intent” to suppress black votes and should have been blocked months ago.

In its unanimous ruling, the three-judge Court of Appeals panel reversed a lower court’s July decision that refused to prevent implementation of the photo ID requirement approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. The law came after voters added an ID requirement to the state constitution in November 2018.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs wrote a similar opinion on Dec. 31, saying the new voter ID rules appear to contain the racially discriminatory taint of the 2013 law. The federal plaintiffs say the new law violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act and Constitution.

Lawyers for the state of North Carolina are appealing the federal ruling to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Republican legislative leaders have not said whether they’ll also appeal the state ruling.

I can’t believe we are still fighting for voter-ID in North Carolina. It started way back in 2013 and after that one was killed by the courts, the legislature came up with a new one that was even more lenient, that expanded “the types of qualifying IDs and made it easier for registered voters without IDs to have their votes counted”. And yet here we are, in 2020, and activist judges are still claiming the law is designed to suppress the black vote.

And in case you are wondering, Fox News explains that all three North Carolina judges are registered Democrats.

The members of Tuesday’s panel — Judges Toby Hampson, Allegra Collins and John Arrowood — are all registered Democrats…

You know this ruling says a lot about how these Democratic judges feel about black people, that they would think so little of them that they can’t even get a valid ID in order to vote. It’s despicable when you think about it.

Clearly this vote won’t be won in the state of North Carolina. Fox News points out that “six of the seven state Supreme Court justices are registered Democrats”, which means they are likely to kill it there too. Fortunately, as the article points out, the law is also in the federal courts on appeal. Don’t know if it’ll happen in 2020, but hopefully it will be resolved soon so we can get past all of this.

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