A North Carolina court has struck down the state’s voting ID requirement on grounds that it is ‘unconstitutional’ on the grounds it is ‘racially biased,’ while ignoring the mounting evidence that such objections are specious and ungrounded in political reality.
The Washington Times on Saturday reported on the troubling development.
North Carolina’s Supreme Court rejected a state voter ID requirement, citing that it was unconstitutional and carried an intentionally racially discriminatory motive.
The state’s high court made a 4-3 decision on Friday to side with a lower court ruling that voided the photo ID law due to the violation of an equal protection clause of the North Carolina Constitution.
“We hold that the three-judge panel’s findings of fact are supported by competent evidence showing that the statute was motivated by a racially discriminatory purpose,” wrote Associate Justice Anita Earls.
The judge added that the enacted provisions “were formulated with an impermissible intent to discriminate against African American voters,” which is unconstitutional.
The photo ID amendment was added to the state constitution after being approved by voters. Thus, the judge’s ruling is not only extremely questionable, but also undemocratic.
In the 2022 midterm election, the exceptionally high turnout and voting in Georgia, which had actually experienced a Major League Baseball sanction over its election integrity laws, confirmed that even relatively lax voter ID laws do not impact turnout. THe high proportion of African American voter turnout further substantiated that the voter ID-racial discrimination narrative is a progressive myth.
A major study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research based on ten-years of voting data in the United States from 2008-2018 found that voter ID laws “have no negative effect on registration or turnout, overall or for any group defined by race, gender, age, or party affiliation.” The study was conducted by Enrico Cantoni at the University of Bologna and Vincent Pons at Harvard Business School and was published in February 2019. The NBER study has been supported by additional research.
“This latest [NBER] study echoes the conclusion of others, including a landmark report by The Heritage Foundation in 2007 finding that voter ID laws don’t reduce voter turnout, including among African-Americans and Hispanics,” the Heritage Foundation noted. “These voters were just as likely to vote in states requiring photo identification as in those that don’t.” Even left-leaning Vox News has conceded that voter ID laws don’t reduce voter turnout.
“Support for voter ID laws has actually increased since 2018, when 67% said voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote,” the report continued. “Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans support voter ID requirements, as do 60% of Democrats and 77% of voters not affiliated with either major party.”
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