BREAKING: Federal Court Defiantly Strikes Down America’s Most Racist Voter Suppression Law

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The case of The North Carolina Conference of the NAACP vs McCrory was heard before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and a decision was handed down today. Ruling the voter suppression laws unconstitutional, the courts served justice to the overwhelmingly black population that would have had their right to vote stripped by this law.

ThinkProgress described the law this way:

‘The 2013 law eliminated same-day voter registration, cut a full week of early voting, barred voters from casting a ballot outside their home precinct, ended straight-ticket voting, and scrapped a program to pre-register high school students who would turn 18 by Election Day. It also included the nation’s strictest voter ID requirement.’

The court’s opinion in the case not only shot down the law as unconstitutional, but took lawmakers in North Carolina to task for the tactics they used to suppress a vote most likely to be a vote for Democrats. Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote:

‘Polarization renders minority voters uniquely vulnerable to the inevitable tendency of elected officials to entrench themselves by targeting groups unlikely to vote for them.’

Data on racial voting patterns proved that people of color were most likely to vote in the first seven days of an early voting period, use same-day registration in order to vote, and use out-of-precinct voting. This data was available to Republicans far before the bill was written and was obviously used when considering which particular voting rights to strip in order to marginalize voters of color.

After discovering that absentee voting was most often used by white voters, North Carolina lawmakers decided not to include it as part of the voter suppression law. Motz pointed out that the specific issues the law pointed to were obviously written to disproportionately suppress the black vote.

North Carolina NAACP President Reverand William Barber said that:

‘This was a racist attack on our sacred right to vote, a right that was won with blood and the lives and souls of martyrs throughout the south […] 50 years after Bloody Sunday, we find ourselves having to have our own Selma now, because of the worst voter suppression law we’ve seen since the 1960s. I say we’re at war. But the weapons of our warfare are not molotov cocktails, or guns or hatred. The weapons of our warfare are love and truth and righteousness and a concern for justice.’

Pat McCrory, governor of North Carolina, signed the now-defunct voter suppression law in 2013. Governor McCrory also has recently come under fire for other unconstitutional laws, such as North Carolina’s HB2, which restricted LGBTQ rights to fair employment and housing and dictated where transgender citizens were allowed to use restrooms.

For more on the fight to repeal this law, see video below: