North Carolina Voting Law won’t be reviewed by Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused to reestablish the North Carolina ballot restrictions that a lower court said targets blacks.  The 2013 NC voting law prohibited- same-day registration, ended pre-registration for 16-17-year-olds, eliminated early voting, prevented extended voting hours, prohibited using college id cards and outlawed individual voter registration drives.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit unanimously found that the North Carolina legislators acted “with almost surgical precision” to diminish African-American voters.  The appeals court forbade the use of the law in the 2016 election.  The justices did not give a rationale for a refusing to review the lower court’s decision.

The president of the North Carolina NAACP, Reverend William J. Barber II said, “Today we experience a victory for justice that is unimaginably important for African Americans, Latinos, all North Carolinians, and the nation.”  Soon the Supreme Court will rule on whether North Carolina’s Congressional Districts were racially gerrymandered as a lower court found.

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