Federal Judge Upholds North Carolina’s Sweeping Election Overhaul

by MICHAEL TOMSIC  |  published on April 26, 2016

A federal judge in Winston-Salem ruled Monday night that North Carolina’s sweeping election overhaul is constitutional. The U.S. Justice Department, the North Carolina NAACP and others sued over the 2013 law, calling it one of the most restrictive in the nation. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Marshall Terry to walk through the decision.

Let’s start with voter ID. What did the judge rule on that?

Judge Thomas Schroeder said that even though there’s very little evidence of voting fraud, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that trying to reduce it is fair game for a state. He points out that North Carolina allows a variety of excuses not to have an ID, and that a federal court upheld a virtually identical photo ID law in South Carolina.

So the ID provision stands here as well. But North Carolina’s overhaul went well beyond ID. What about the other changes?

They all stand. The U.S. Justice Department had argued they were discriminatory. That’s because African-Americans disproportionately used early voting, same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting, which were all reduced or eliminated in the overhaul.

  • Devasahayam

    “Judge Thomas Schroeder said that even though there’s very little evidence of voting fraud…” — apparently, constituencies reporting more than 100% voting for 0bama (as happened in 2012) doesn’t qualify.

    A note — the only democracy which allows voting without photo-ID is the US, the single (and extremely chaotic) one larger in population requires some form (ration-card, BPL-card, aadhar, PAN…) — and has much more excuse (over 25% of population illiterate). All the argument you need to debunk Dhimmicrud argument of voter-ID being “discriminatory”!

  • Front Sight

    Why reinvent the wheel? Just use E-verify.”

  • ricktenny

    I have been saying for as many years as this voter id issue has been going on, if a person does not have the ability or want to obtain a voter or other sort of picture id then they do not have the ability to understand the complex issues at stake to be able to cast an informed vote. One Party or the other getting bodies to the Poll to push D or R does not an informed voter make and as a practice should end.

    • RadioFreeKansas

      Is there really anything in the constitution about being an “informed” voter? About the “ability to understand the complex issues at stake”? Far right-wing Republicans like Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach have been pushing these voter suppression laws to eliminate “motor-voter” and same day registration and enforce these photo i.d.’s under the guise of eliminating voter fraud by illegal aliens. But as the story says voter fraud is almost non-existent. It’s a solution in search of a problem.

      • ricktenny

        The Constitution says nothing about the about the above referenced issue. I said it. In my adult lifetime I saw New York Cities Puerto Rican population boom during the election of John Lindsey. Landing at Teterboro Airport and buss loads full heading towards the GW Bridge. Eyes on knowledge of that one. Countless reported schemes over the years. To the latest Virginia Governor restoring the voting rights of convicted felons and the President attempting to flood the Country with Middle Eastern refugees. All designed to add Democrat voters to the rolls. The Constitution doesn’t mention that either but it has all occurred. City Mayors since the 1950’s adding one welfare program after another turning workers into recipients and future Democrat voters. That and LBJ’s Great Society enslaving generations of Blacks more effectively than the Plantations could ever have. There is far more going on than liberal educators are willing to lecture about. The truth doesn’t help their cause. Grow up, learn to think for yourself and do it by seeing what is happening in real time right in front of you.

        • RadioFreeKansas

          Ah yes..the ever popular “liberal media/liberal educators” dodge. You sound like you need to move out here with me in flyover country. Unlike most out here my parents (while I’m sure they were republican to their core) did not indoctrinate me to vote a straight republican ticket without question. Which is why I’ve been an independent and a free thinker since age 18.

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