Supreme Court refuses to reinstate North Carolina’s restrictive voting law

Posted by | August 31, 2016 17:01 | Filed under: Good News Politics

The court refused to allow Republican-ordered restrictive voting to stand.

The high court rejected the state’s bid to halt much of the federal appeals court ruling, dividing 4-4 along ideological lines on the central questions. The rebuff — issued without explanation — is a victory for the Obama administration and civil rights groups, which challenged the North Carolina law and won a ruling that is likely to help Democrats in November.

The North Carolina law imposed photo-identification requirements, reduced the number of early-voting days and eliminated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

A three-judge panel said the provisions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision,” violating the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee and the Voting Rights Act. A federal trial judge had upheld the law.

The state’s Supreme Court bid sought to reinstate the photo-ID requirement and early-voting limits for the November election. It didn’t address the rules governing same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy voted to grant the core parts of the request, falling one vote short of the required five. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan voted against the state.

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5 responses to Supreme Court refuses to reinstate North Carolina’s restrictive voting law

  1. Hirightnow August 31st, 2016 at 17:12

    Wonder how Garland would have voted…
    Oh, well.Guess we’ll never know now.
    Thanks, Mitch!

  2. amersham1046 August 31st, 2016 at 17:55

    Dragging North Carolina yelling and screaming into the 21st century

    • granpa.usthai August 31st, 2016 at 21:21

      more like a kick on the hind side.

  3. Obewon August 31st, 2016 at 20:27

    The shorthanded court keeps dinging repubs for their inability to correctly do their jobs.

  4. Mike September 1st, 2016 at 06:22

    Looks like keeping Garland off the bench is paying some unexpected dividends

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