Decision on NC’s voter ID law now rests with federal judge

February 2, 2016


In a federal courtroom with room for fewer than 100 people in the gallery, an army of attorneys has spent the past week arguing over whether North Carolina’s voter ID law harms the fundamental right to vote.

The trial, which ended Monday, has garnered national attention as courts across the country wrestle with questions about identification laws adopted in the name of preventing voter fraud but criticized as politically motivated attempts to disenfranchise voters of color. It’s unclear when a ruling will come, but it is certain to be appealed.

For many, the case has been a test of what the Voting Rights Act of 1965 means today, almost three years after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the 50-year-old law.

When the country’s highest court freed Southern states that year from the requirement that federal authorities approve any proposed election law changes to ensure no harm to minority voters, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: “Our country has changed.”

  • dmttbt

    How can voters of color say they are being unfairly treated when we all have the same requirements. They want to say they are equal but too ignorant to get a free ID. Why should the honest tax paying citizens, black and white alike have to pay the expense of voters getting a free ID? The states should be honest enough to set their own requirements without the federal being involved at all. ******* Do people who draw food stamps and or welfare have to have a valid ID? Do those people also get their checks deposited directly to the bank? If so how do those people get their money? Did they have ID when they signed up? did it disappear?

  • bobnstuff

    Just like gun ownership voting is a constitutionally protected right. anything that keeps a citizen from that right should be fought just like the NRA fights gun laws. You can’t say you support the constitution and not defend voters rights. You should only have to show ID to register, once you have done that you should at most have to show your voters card. After all you don’t have to show ID every time you go shooting. Cashing a check, going to Sam’s Club or even buying beer is not a right given by the constitution. Voting Is.

    • dmttbt

      Voting is for qualified voters.

      • bobnstuff

        Guns for qualified owners. You want to register voters and make them show ID, it should be the same as guns, right?

        • dmttbt

          Right to have guns shall not be infringed upon.

          • bobnstuff

            Ever read the 14th amendment.

            Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several
            States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number
            of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the
            right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President
            and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress,
            the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the
            Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such
            State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States,
            or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other
            crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the
            proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the
            whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

            Voting is a constitutional right and can not be denied or in any way abridged.

  • Wolfman

    I have to show a picture I.D. just to enter Sam’s Club. I have to show a picture I.D. to buy a slingshot, board an airplane, cash a check, buy alcoholic beverages, buy cigarettes,enter a bar,enter a courthouse, drive a car, receive federal and state government benefits…. virtually any/all major or minor transactions that require proof of age or positive identity on a daily basis. Consequently, the Democrat argument that the purpose of voter ID is to disenfranchise poor voters is a pure lie, since these same poor voters need photo id’s to receive most if not all of their public benefits. In fact ,NOT HAVING VOTER ID disenfranchises all legitimate voters by permitting illegal voters ( even if it is just one) to cast an illegal ballot.

    I’m sick of babies being killed and killers being babied; Muslims waging war and killing all who disagree with them…. while those who disagree with them have to argue with the baby killers that Islam is not a religion ( it is a political institution) let alone a religion of peace ; Police being killed by those that are enemies of society…and when the police defend society by killing the enemies of society …society gets burnt and pillaged by the families and friends of the enemies of society; Illegals have rights that continue to grow and citizens rights continue to decrease; Young adults attending college actually believe that tuiton can be free….however, they cannot fathom that a benevelont God can actually exist; Caitlyn is a man ,who thinks he is a woman, that still wants to retain her male sex organs, so that she can marry a woman and have normal sexual relations ( does this make Caitlyn a faux lesbian???) and the MSM heeps multiple awards on her for her ‘courageous’ actions. And I’m really sick and tired of my right to vote being marginalized, minimized, disenfranchised, diluted, and stolen from me by a clown in a black robe who thinks they run the country!!!!

    • dmttbt

      I agree with everything you said. We have refugees possibly waiting to enter this country, but in fact may have already entered. We have a woman running for president who should be waiting to be tried as a murderer, and that is a light term for what she and Obama did. The united states was still there after everyone else had left because we were instrumental in creating ISIS by supplying arms . She is running against a man who has for some reason that escapes me, has been in the government for 40 years and has not denied being a socialist, actually brags about it. If everyone making $8.00 goes to $15.00 that will only do two things, it will cause a large number of them to lose their job and for the people who get to keep their jobs their employers will raise the price of whatever they sell. Those two things are called unemployment and inflation. Hillary says she wants to take what Obama is doing even further. she says we don’t attack ISIS training camps that are located too close to innocent Muslim groups. She does not know that as a Muslim there are no good Muslim. To have her in charge during a war will be devastating tour country. We have Rubio, Cruz and Trump. Cruz is a politician as well as Rubio, that automatically means we can’t trust them. Trump is abrasive, and people say he is not presidential. Have they looked at what we have now? I would vote for Trump even if he showed up at a debate and pissed on the stage. He can get things done and we need things done, actually we need things undone.

  • Rose Boltz

    I must show my drivers lisence every time I vote, thus everyone should. Quit stuffing the ballot box with illegals and deceased people.

  • Roy Clingenpeel

    We the people (legal citizens) of the United States specifically the legal citizens of each state are given he right by the Constitution to specify the requirements for their legal citizenship to vote for their representation in the state and the nation. This requirement must not preclude any legal resident the privilege of voting but must give the state the opportunity (right) to insure that those voting are truly legal citizens of this nation and specifically of the state and precinct in which they claim residency. The dumbing down of our citizens by the socialist left (specifically the minority groups) and give them the opportunity to vote outside their true precinct (place of legal residency) by virtue of race or national origin is not only ludicrous and downright unconstitutional. The hesitancy of minorities and many non minorities to vote is not racial nor because of a requirement for a legal ID but hinged on the violence and threats they incur before or at the poling places by socialist thugs (personal terrorist) not maintaining the legal distance from those poling places.

    • dmttbt

      As I recall, there were some new black panther members at the polls with clubs suggesting they vote for Obama. They had a court date but did not show up and Eric Holder dropped the charges because they were black. That is why he said they dropped the charges.

      • dmttbt

        I recently had a reply from my senator telling me if I had evidence of voter fraud in 2012 election I should contact the election commission. That was brought on by my statement that he and others had accepted donations from big pharmacy lobbyist.

  • VirgoVince

    Americans, ONLY are OUR voters! Outsiders need to GO home and STAY there! NO FREE rides!!

    • Wild_Bill_vintage_1948

      And there you go, As soon as they get these laws passed, they close all of the DMV offices in black neighborhoods and sometimes entire counties.. They have done it over and over again. Who built this country? The blacks did a disproportional amount of the work. Now, if they want to vote they need to take one or more days off from work, which they cannot afford because they are also discriminated against in employment opportunities.
      So you don’t want niggers to vote, eh VirgoVince?

      • VirgoVince

        Never mentioned niggers, you did! I said, AMERICANS only!
        Blacks vote, RIGHT or wrong, but niggers don’t know what’s RIGHT, so they vote left and that’s wrong!!
        If they don’t already have a DL or ID, they’re too young, or stupid, to VOTE!!

      • Vassiliki

        They do not have to miss a day or days of work to vote. Polls are open early in the morning till late at night. I can’t afford to miss a day of work either so I vote after work. Besides this work thing you mentioned is irrelevant to voter ID. Of course everyone needs to show Id to make sure they are legal citizens of the US and the state where they reside and to make sure they are voting in the right precinct and not keep going to other precincts and casting multiple votes. I do not care what your skin color is- voter ID requirements is for everyone across the board and doesn’t discriminate. If someone fails to get a state ID that is their choice.

        • dmttbt

          I say that if someone is in the united states long enough to become voting age and they are too stupid to get a free ID they should not be allowed to vote. The way it is now they are taking themselves out of the voting population because they would rather stand around and cry. If we ever become a socialist country, I mean even worse than we are now, the people who think that will be good because everyone in line will get the same thing. They will be busy bitching and crying because they had to stand in line.

          • Vassiliki

            Agree with you and you are right that they will bitch about waiting in line. Then they will take it to the next level and say that they deserve to be put in front of the line because of past discrimination. It will never end.

      • dmttbt

        Where did you get that he was against the blacks voting?

    • dmttbt

      Obama said 57 states.


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