Success: Voter ID Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

Voter Rights March

Target: Judge Diana Gribbon Motz

Goal: Applaud ruling reversing racist voter ID laws that have been shown to target black Americans.

In a victory for voting rights, a federal appeals court has ruled that North Carolina’s voter ID laws are unconstitutional. The ruling strikes down requirements that voters present ID before voting and reinstates same day voter registration.

In the ruling, the court stated unequivocally that voter suppression laws were clearly targeting African American and other minority communities. The judges pointed to the fact that the North Carolina legislature passed voter ID laws after receiving data showing that African American voters would be disproportionately affected. This victory comes after political pressure and public outrage, including Force Change petitions such as “Codemn Efforts to Restrict Voting Rights in North Carolina.”

Following the recent ruling by the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act, many states quickly passed voter ID laws and eliminated same day voter registration and pre-registration. North Carolina was one of the first states to pass voter suppression laws and passed some of the most extreme versions of these laws. Sign our petition and applaud this step toward ending voter suppression in North Carolina.   

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Judge Motz,

I am writing to thank you for ruling against voter suppression laws in North Carolina. I believe that the ruling represents an important step in fighting attempts to roll back voting rights. As you know, since the recent partial invalidation of the Voting Rights Act, several states have passed laws supposedly to prevent electoral fraud. While many have pointed out that these laws disproportionately impact African American communities, that opinion was not considered legal fact.

Alongside the recent ruling in Wisconsin, this ruling represents a victory for voting rights. Furthermore, by making it clear that these laws are, and always have been, aimed at suppressing African American votes, you have made the ugly truth of these laws undeniable. Thank you.    

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Michael Fleshman

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6 Comments

  1. Amazing that the radical liberal left wants just anybody to be able to vote in our elections. Of course the demorat party gains the most from this mess so obviously nothing will be done about it.

    • So no one but the “right” type of people should be allowed to vote? Guess what maybe I don’t find you to be the right type of person….then what? I am sorry but every American has the right to vote, what ever their religion or poiltical beliefs…And you do not have the right to discriminate against anyone….

      • Deb La Vigne says:

        They all have ID, this does not hurt African American voters. They voted in record numbers for Obama, in many communities Obama got 150% of the registered voters! Obama also lost in every community that required photo ID and won every where that no ID was required. They want no photo ID laws to very the illegal immigrant vote. Democrats are cheaters and corrupt.

  2. This is awful, IDs should be required.

  3. Christopher Fike says:

    Miscarriage of justice. Photo ID’s should be required to prevent voter fraud. Anyone who is against photo ID’s being utilized to verify the identity of the voter is just denying that fraud is possible.

  4. if you dont have id fine!

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