North Carolina Voting Restrictions Blocked By Federal Appeals Court


We've had some setbacks in Ohio (thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court), but today's news out of North Carolina is unabashedly good (at least, pending an appeal):

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a lower court to block two new voting restrictions in North Carolina, saying there was "no doubt" the measures would disenfranchise minorities.

North Carolina will now be required to reinstate same-day voter registration, as well as allow voters to cast ballots even if they show up to vote in the wrong precinct. 

In a two-to-one ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that "whether the number is thirty or thirty-thousand, surely some North Carolina minority voters will be disproportionately adversely affected in the upcoming election" and that it was important to act now, since "there could be no do-over and no redress" once the election was over.

The appeals court ruled that the lower court "failed to adequately consider North Carolina’s history of voting discrimination" and said the new law eliminated "voting mechanisms successful in fostering minority participation."

"The injury to these voters is real and completely irreparable if nothing is done to enjoin this law," the ruling said.

The U.S. Supreme Court does seem determined to see harm done to Minority Voting rights wherever possible.

You can read the rest at the Huffington Post:

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