Voting Rights Advocates Score Huge Win in North Carolina

May 15th 2017

Almie Rose

One word is being widely used to describe North Carolina's 2013 voting law: dead.





The Supreme Court is affirming the decision not to revive the North Carolina voter-ID law.

The law, which placed restrictions on voting like requiring voters bring photo identification, came under fire for being seen as "regressive and discriminatory," as CNN reported in 2016. This is because those affected were largely black voters. The Washington Post described the Republican-driven law as being designed to "intentionally blunt the growing clout of African American voters."

When the law was initially struck down in July, a circuit court judge wrote that it "target[ed] African Americans with almost surgical precision." 

The ACLU, which fought against the law and helped gain a victory among the federal courts, called the Supreme Court decision a "victory":

They then tweeted their official statement:

Bloomberg further reports the decision as a "surprise rebuff" considering "four conservative justices previously tried to revive the measure before the 2016 election. That effort failed because it was an emergency request that required five votes, but the court could have accepted the latest appeal with only four votes."

Many are seeing the unexpected decision as a "major victory," for striking back against voter suppression:




North Carolina's voter ID law was signed in the wake of the Supreme Court striking down a significant portion of the Voting Rights Act. So while this is a major victory for voting rights advocates, as the Brennan Center for Justice wrote in March, 14 states had new voter restrictions in place for the 2016 presidential election.