The primary responsibility of any governmental body in the United States to protect the constitutional rights of the American people. Unfortunately, a large number of Republican government officials are determined to take away the rights of many Americans to vote with restrictive policies, unfair requirements, and subsequent attempts to suppress the votes. On Tuesday, voters in North Carolina scored a victory in court to prevent that from happening in their state.
🚨BREAKING: The en banc Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules 12-3 to DENY Republicans effort to stay our favorable state court voting rights ruling.https://t.co/jCf3O9tyqJ
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) October 21, 2020
Attorney Marc Elias, who focuses on justice in voting rights, tweeted on Tuesday that the plaintiffs in his case, organizations and individuals seeking to ensure voting rights were upheld in North Carolina, won with a 12-3 vote in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He released the documents describing the lawsuit along with the tweet. Those documents been with a summary of the case heard by the court.
‘On August 18, 2020, Plaintiffs filed an Amended Complaint, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to enjoin North Carolina laws related to in-person and absentee-by-mail voting in the remaining elections in 2020 that they alleged unconstitutionally burden the right to vote in light of the current public health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.’
Details of the lawsuit were included in the document. That lawsuit sought seven remedies: to have all ballots postmarked by Election Day counted, to remove the mandate for witness signatures to be present on ballots filled out by voters in single-adult households, to end the requirement for voters to pay for postage on their mail-in ballots, to require the state to provide postage, to provide training for election volunteers so that absentee ballots aren’t unfairly rejected, to allow voters to seek help in filling out their ballots from individuals or organizations of their choice, and to allow the state to provide for extra early voting days.
Despite Trump’s best attempts, he continues to lose in courtrooms across the country in his goals of curbing voter turnout.
Twitter celebrated the news and thanked Elias for working so hard to protect their right to vote. The irony is that it’s elected officials, those responsible for protecting their constituents’ rights, that Elias had to fight against.
Read some of their responses below: