Supreme Court Won’t Reinstate North Carolina Voter Law


Taylor Smith, Staff Reporter

North Carolina’s bill specifically chose voter-identification requirements, reduced the number of early-voting days and changed registration procedures in ways meant to harm African Americans, who, majority vote for the Democratic Party.

In the 2016 governor election, the court did not allow the appeal to be used and North Carolina replaced their Republican governor, Pat McCrory, with Democracy Roy Cooper. Cooper can be quoted saying, “We need to be making it easier to vote, not harder — and the court found this law sought to discriminate against African-American voters with ‘surgical precision. I will continue to work to protect the right of every legal, registered North Carolinian to participate in our democratic process.”

The Supreme Court has before supported some Voter ID laws, but this one seems likely to be taken back to high court, even in high-profile challenges to the ones in states like Texas and Wisconsin. The battle against this law in North Carolina, considered one of the most controversial, consumed years of litigation from the Obama administration and many activists groups.