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BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Says North Carolina Voting Laws Discriminate Against Black Voters

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BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Says North Carolina Voting Laws Discriminate Against Black Voters

Redistricting case goes to the supreme court

A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s new voter ID laws, passed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act, saying that the laws “target[ed] African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

“Before enacting that law, the legislature requested data on the use, by race, of a number of voting practices. Upon receipt of the race data, the General Assembly enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five different ways,” wrote Judge Diana Motz on behalf of Judges James Wynn and Henry Floyd. All three fourth circuit judges are Democratic appointees.

In addition to North Carolina’s voter ID law, the court also struck down provisions relating to early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration, according to Politico.

“The racial data provided to the legislators revealed that African Americans disproportionately used early voting in both 2008 and 2012,” the court’s decision read. “After receipt of this racial data, the General Assembly amended the bill to eliminate the first week of early voting, shortening the total early voting period from seventeen to ten days … eliminat[ing] one of two ‘souls-to-the-polls’ Sundays in which African American churches provided transportation to voters.”

“We recognize that elections have consequences, but winning an election does not empower anyone in any party to engage in purposeful racial discrimination,” the court wrote.

Read the full decision below:



  1. greenlantern1 July 29, 2016

    I am a Caucasian!
    I am a male.
    I am native born.
    I USED to be a REPUBLICAN.
    I have seen their DIRTY TRICKS!
    I am a DEMOCRAT!!

    1. Box July 29, 2016

      Your statement makes no sense. So, you saw the dirty tricks of used car dealers and now you walk? You saw the dirty tricks of apartment managers and now you are homeless? You saw the dirty tricks of McDonalds and Monsanto and then you changed to…..starving? All political parties have dirty tricks, we still vote for the candidates we want.

      You saw the dirty tricks of the Republicans so you changed to Democrat. If see a dirty trick of the Democrats will you give up voting altogether?

      Consider this Democrat dirty trick. In California, an anti-gun state, the Senate has put in place the strongest anti-gun laws of any state and when they got the laws to about where they wanted them, they passed one more, to make the Senate exempt from California laws.

      In 2014, at least one Democratic Senator, Leyand Yee, used his newfound exemption to become a gun runner. He bought and sold illegal firearms both to individuals who were not legally able to buy guns, dealt with the Chinese mafia, and dealt in the gun business with Philippine Islamic terrorists, contravening Federal laws. He conducted these activities while both openly campaigning to fight guns, and signing off on laws against law abiding citizens. Eventually the FBI caught up to Yee and he was arrested. He escaped, was re-caught, tried and is now in prison. And while all this was going on he continued to, to some point, receive his Senate salary because the Democratic Senate protected him. Imagine the slap in the face to people who voted for him and who voted for the Democrats anti-gun stance?

      His is not the only example of colossal dirty tricks by Democrats in Democrat-controlled environments but he is one for a post today. So really, what are you talking about? If you want to be Democrat, fine, but dont BS here. This whole column of posts is about the dirty Republican party vs. the lily while Democrats and you can see it just isnt so.

      The overall proof here that all parties are dirty and full of dirty tricks is clearly seen in the TOTAL lack of support for a now-famous internet spam email in which the 28th Amendment is proposed: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.” Tell me something, if Democrats are so great and pure, why isnt ONE Congressman raising the proposal? I mean, what are they so afraid of since they always do the right thing?

      Dirty tricks? Dont make me laugh.

      1. jakenhyde July 29, 2016

        @Box….I watched Tricky Dick Nixon for years…..in California and elsewhere. That’s all I needed to change from republican to democrat. They didn’t call him Tricky Dick for nothing.
        Then, of course, there was Ronnie Reagan who should have been prosecuted along with North for the Iran/Contra scandal. But he had too many coats of teflon on him to be prosecuted. His memory conveniently failed him when he was questioned about that scandal.

        And you’re worried about gun runners???? Reagan and North were the kings of the hill when it came to that.

    2. Mildredmcraft July 30, 2016

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  2. Mama Bear July 29, 2016

    WOW! It restores my faith in the system.

    1. Tyrone Settles July 29, 2016

      Mine as well!

  3. rednekokie July 29, 2016

    It’s about time! Now if all the other states who have discriminating voter registration ID laws would get them replaced with honesty and fairness, I’d be happy,.

    1. waggaze August 3, 2016

      That’s refreshing coming from an Okie. I was party to exposing the Greenwood massacre as a TU student that had been buried until we found the Tuksaw World article in the TU library.

  4. jakenhyde July 29, 2016

    So…another republican dominated racist state bites the dust on voter discrimination.

    1. Tyrone Settles July 29, 2016

      Let us hope that other Southern States that enacted these illegal laws also have them over turned.

  5. Kurt Kruse July 29, 2016

    These type of decisions always leave me wanting. Wanting judges not to make rulings based on “their personal” sense of fair play.We as Americans now must affirm laws that cater to special interests.The African American voter’s in this case, require’s that we, the general public must not only be concerned about their transport to the polls? But additionally their lack of personal ID, or in some case’s their fundamental skill level of comprehension.They have their own TV channel called “BET” black entertainment television.Imagine what the uproar,if their were an “WET” TV channel?

    1. waggaze July 29, 2016

      What makes you “think” these federal judges made their unanimous decision based on personal sense of fair play and not the law? I think you’re afraid of losing an iron grip on these lands and the privileges granted. Yes, think in parentheses was a pun towards someone who claims to think for everyone.

    2. johninPCFL July 29, 2016

      How about the legislature not go out of their way to explicitly make it harder for any group of voters to express their wishes?
      Want proof that the legislature did that? How about the legislature asked explicitly for black voting patterns and practices and then wrote laws explicitly curtailing those practices.
      But this isn’t about race. This is about the GOP systematically subverting democracy. Blacks in the south typically vote Democrat. Stop them from voting and you automatically reduce the Democrat vote tally. That’s it. The whole purpose of the law was to stop Democrats from voting.

    3. jakenhyde July 29, 2016

      @Kurt….supposedly, some of these laws were enacted by republican dominated legislatures to minimize voter fraud. Only problem with that was that, although voter fraud is quite minimal in the first place, it was republicans who had committed the most voter fraud in the past.
      http://aattp.org/comprehensive-10-year-voter-fraud-study-found-its-a-gop-myth/ Check out that link….if you dare. You’ll find the proof of my statement.
      But if you dare not check it out, I’ll give you one example: in Kansas, a red necked republican state if there ever was one, the republican secretary of state examined voting records of 84,000,000 votes and found 14…yes, 14 cases of duplicate registrations.
      The most egregious aspect of the article is that most of the voter fraud in our country has been committed by republicans.
      So much for your racist rant about African Americans.

    4. Chuckl8 July 29, 2016

      KK: I’ll ignore your constant use of the term “they” and concentrate on this part of your comment:

      “They have their own TV channel called “BET” black entertainment television.Imagine what the uproar,if their were an “WET” TV channel?”

      FYI, until fairly recently “we” did have our own TV channels; … all of them. Those of “us” who are old enough remember when the first TV program had a black main character, which was front page news.

      And I’m curious to know if your middle name also begins with a K?

    5. LCR78 July 29, 2016

      What does “their fundamental skill level of comprehension” mean or even have to do with the right to vote?

      1. yabbed July 29, 2016

        In the South (where NC resides) they once had tests of what they thought of as basic skill levels of comprehension. They had a huge jar full of marbles or pennies and the prospective voter had to tell them how many marbles or pennies exactly were in the jar to be eligible to register to vote. This was the Souther rebellion following LBJ’s Voting Rights Act. That got tossed by the courts, too.

    6. yabbed July 29, 2016

      It’s not some judge’s personal sense of fair play. It’s called the Constitution of the United States of America. All citizens are entitled to vote, not just the conservative white ones.

    7. Oddworld July 29, 2016

      If that bothers you so much than you should be equally outraged that Christians have their own T.V. networks,
      radio stations, dating sites etc. America’s steeped in discriminatory acts everywhere. No one group has a monopoly on bigotry so don’t think that I’m only singling out Christians here. Also, Blacks aren’t the only ones effected by the arcane voting laws some states are trying to pass.

    8. Bill P July 29, 2016

      The last sentence shows the dumbest of your comment plus “if their” should be “if there”. Nothing is preventing a “WET” channel from be formed other than a lack of interest. Well at least you still “Duck Dynasty”

  6. yabbed July 29, 2016

    Republicans recognize the growing voting power of minorities – and the fact that minorities are soon to be the majority – and they know minorities are disinclined to vote for those who show disrespect to them. Hence, Republicans don’t want minorities to vote.

    1. Box July 29, 2016

      If true, what have you done to combat it other than write seriously race-baiting comments?

      1. yabbed July 29, 2016

        Race baiting? It’s the simple truth. I vote Democratic and stand against racism, that’s what I do.

      2. waggaze August 3, 2016

        Trump is proof racism and bigotry is alive and well in the republican party. Have you witnessed party leaders rebuking Dumpster Drumpf? David Dike is running for office under the auspice of Dumpster that he would not rebuke either. Actions talk louder than words and Dumpster supporters demonstrate my point.

  7. Tyrone Settles July 29, 2016

    NC legislators should be ashamed of themselves as well as impeached for using a trumped up argument of voter fraud prevention to pass this evil legislation when in fact the primary goal was black voter suppression. Pat McCrory and the rest of his evangelical republican minions will stop at nothing to push their agenda down the throats of the poor.

    1. Oddworld July 29, 2016

      Tyrone, voter fraud has always been the GOP’s go to meme. They don’t mind accusing the left of using the race card every time there actually is some kind of discrimination occurring. The language they use is hidden with all sorts of racial
      undertones however they’re the only ones that think they’re being clever about it.

  8. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 29, 2016

    North Carolina, bastion of the KKK for so many decades, and other parts of the South, are just doing their level best to roll back America to the Stone Ages of Jim Crow.
    No longer content with being decent human beings, least of all Christian, the legislators and their electorate are doing their level best to descend into the pit of immorality and indecency.
    This is a stain that very well may follow them throughout this life and in the worlds to come.

    JIM CROW IS DEAD, North Carolina—time to move on into the 21st Century!! The 20th century passed you by. How much more more filth must you wallow in?

    And there are some who still delude themselves into thinking that systemic racism is a thing of the past—or that it’s OK, if no one is looking.

    Speaking to all of humanity as an admonition, Baha’u’llah wrote the following in “The Hidden Words”:

    “O OPPRESSORS ON EARTH! Withdraw your hands from tyranny, for I have pledged Myself not to forgive any man’s injustice. This is My covenant which I have irrevocably decreed in the preserved tablet and sealed with My seal.”

  9. Stuart July 29, 2016

    Amazing, really. The two most conservative appeals courts in the nation, the 4th and 5th circuits (Richmond and New Orleans), have overturned voter suppression laws. In Wisconsin, it didn’t have to go that far — the lower court enjoined enforcement.

  10. Phil Christensen July 29, 2016

    Interesting… interesting…

    1. Box July 30, 2016

      But no ID for voting. Why is it being fought?

      1. Phil Christensen July 30, 2016

        Dems need that 3% voter fraud baked into the cake. And lets not forget this little gem from Philly. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/516e1a2589ec5d619adcc6773413a001c23fe4706d5e093651a845a6933abc19.jpg Because the elites will put up walls and fences for themselves. Just not for you.

        1. 788eddie July 30, 2016

          Republicans will need a lot more than 3% voter fraud. That’s why they’re resorting to disenfranchising as many voters as they can with these voter restriction laws. Fortunately, our courts, with both Republican and Democrat appointees, are saying that this is a “bridge too far.”

          1. Phil Christensen July 30, 2016

            Yeah showing I.D. is such a “restriction.”

          2. 788eddie July 30, 2016

            I have no problem with Showing identification. However, everyone who is a qualified voter should be able to get that proper identification, as easily as anyone else. Closing voter identification places in areas where there are a lot of minority voters, as has been done, is a mockery of democracy.

            All Americans should be able to exercise their right to vote, just the same as everyone else.

          3. dtgraham July 31, 2016

            It isn’t, so long as governments make it exceedingly easy for all U.S. citizens to acquire such I.D., no matter what their financial station in life. That’s not the Republican game though.

          4. Phil Christensen August 1, 2016

            Anyone can obtain a non-driver I.D. at the DMV. I’m pretty sure the Republicans don’t have thug squads stationed outside. In fact the government employee and likely democrat sitting behind the desk will be more than happy to assist in both issuing you the I.D. and registering you under the “motor-voter” statute.

          5. dtgraham August 3, 2016

            They may not have thugs stationed outside the DMV’s, but they do suspiciously close a number of them at election time in heavily Democratic areas, as in Wisconsin and other states governed by Republicans. When you don’t have a vehicle and already had to travel miles as it is, that’s a significant impediment to voting.

            Suppression comes at you in a number of ways. How does severely limiting early voting stop “voter fraud?” How does stopping African-American souls to the polls, the Sunday before the election, prevent voter fraud? How does not accepting a university photo ID student card while accepting an NRA membership as sufficient ID, stop voter fraud? How does stopping same day registration or preventing groups like the league of women voters from registering voters, prevent voter fraud? In Ohio in 2004, precincts in predominantly low-income and minority neighbourhoods were chronically understaffed and had fewer voting machines than higher-income precincts, resulting in long lines and uncounted numbers of voters leaving the polls before they had a chance to cast a vote. Long lines in targeted neighbourhoods in Republican controlled states, is a common tactic. How does that prevent voter fraud?

            A Wisconsin law, for example, required the state to educate voters about Walker’s new acceptable forms of photo ID and how to secure them — an important public service for the roughly 300,000 state residents estimated not to have the proper ID. However, despite requests from the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board for $300,000 to $500,000 for that effort, the Legislature provided no funding. Instead, Scott Walker signed a bill to dismantle the board. How did that help with voter fraud?

            Republican lawmakers around the country have enjoyed plenty of success erecting obstacles between the ballot box and the most vulnerable voters, especially minorities, students and the poor; populations that tend to vote Democratic. That’s the idea. Certain blabbermouths have given away the game plan several times, if you’ve paid attention.

            “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our (conservative) leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

            — Radical Right strategist Paul Weyrich, at a 1980 training session for 15,000 conservative preachers in Dallas.

            The Pennsylvania AG opined as to how strict voter ID was going to secure the state for Romney in 2012. It was struck down by the courts later though. A GOP official in NC talked about how lazy blacks who wanted the gov’t to give them everything, might be stopped from voting by their new laws, and “so be it.”

            I can provide links to websites that give lots and lots of other examples.

          6. Phil Christensen August 4, 2016

            “Suppression comes at you in a number of ways.” That’s just treating people like infants.
            How in the world do Republicans officials acting on their own without opposition, who can’t even summon the spine to oppose base-line budgeting, find the iron fascist will close the DMV down “in heavily democrat areas” no-less? Do you have a clipping of just one DMV that was closed down?
            Student I.D.s are good for discounts at ticket booths. I have never once been stopped by a cop and asked for my “Student I.D.” If you can point to an instance where someone walked up to the table at the polling table and pulled out their NRA card, I would like to read about it. Not some “source” who said it was OK to do so, but to someone who actually did it.
            Who specifically has “given the game away?” No one is kept from voting. Voter suppression is a myth. I’ve heard stories, but have yet to read specific testimony or see pics.

          7. dtgraham August 4, 2016

            You’re not real big on reading or checking things out are you? You can scan the headline of most of these links just for proof. Read the statements though of the billmoyers.com — ‘unbelievable GOP statements on voter suppression’, and try to read the full alternet.org story.








            In North Carolina, the 5th Circuit found that legislators had sought to reduce or eliminate methods of voting used primarily by African-Americans with “almost surgical precision.”

            Morehouse College students in Atlanta can use ID cards to buy food and school supplies, use computer labs and get books from the library, but they can’t use their ID to vote.

            More than one million students attend colleges, universities and technical schools in Texas. But because of the state’s new voter identification law, none will be allowed to use their student ID cards to cast a ballot. When Texas state legislators moved to cut student IDs from the list of acceptable voter identifications in May, they actually made voting easier for some residents: Now gun owners in Texas are allowed to use their concealed-carry permits as valid proof of the right to vote.

          8. Phil Christensen August 5, 2016

            Your sources are all left-leaning, full of dog whistles and extrapolations. Extrapolations which require one to twist oneself into a pretzel to make any connection to “voter suppression.” You failed to give me an action taken where anyone was blocked from the pols.

            A state-issued firearms permit with a photo on it is not an NRA membership card. So, I’ve already caught you in one “inaccuracy.” Even though you got personal, I’ll still be gentle here.

            Um, why is any I.D. required to “buy food?” Using a credit card? Debit card? How does one obtain them? Ahh…

            Morehouse is a private college. Even if it receives federal or state funds, its still a private institution. I would assert that even a state college I.D. shouldn’t be enough. Again, get your entitled little self down to the DMV and get a state-issued non-driver I.D. End of debate.

          9. dtgraham August 5, 2016

            I don’t know why I started this. You’re just playing games here. You just give me loose thoughts off the top of your head and silly irrelevant statements as arguments. It wouldn’t matter to you what evidence, examples, studies, statements, proof, reason, etc… that I provided. You’d just say that I didn’t, and you’d then come back with nonsense. I stand by what I said. You’re not real big on reading up on these things and giving it some thought (understatement), and that’s by design I’m sure. You’re smarter than this but you’re pretending not to be. I guess I would be too if I had your point of view. You love the idea of the Republicans trying to shape the voting electorate to fit their party, which is what’s going on here. I frankly don’t know what other advanced democracy would allow this. Likely none of them.

            These laws disproportionately affect elderly, minority and low-income groups, most of which tend to vote Democratic. That’s the idea, although it doesn’t have to be that way. Governments could spend the money to make photo ID much easier and more accessible, but that’s not the point for Republicans. Or they could go to bank statements and utility bills as ID (as in some states) and homeless shelter attestations for the homeless. Again, that’s not what the Republicans are trying to do. What does a healthy democracy cost? Doesn’t matter. Republicans don’t even want one from what I can see.

            Obtaining photo ID can be costly and burdensome. While some states with strict laws offer a free state ID for people without any other way to vote, even these IDs require documents like a birth certificate that can be costly to a lower income person. They’re not free. According to a study from NYU’s Brennan Center, 11 percent of voting-age citizens lack necessary photo ID while many people in rural areas have trouble accessing ID offices. Now factor in the games that Republicans play with electoral photo ID offices.

            A lawsuit filed against Alabama in early December 2015 cites the example of a high schooler who can’t vote because she lacks a driver’s license. According to the suit, she needs to get a state issued voter ID at the DMV, but the one nearest to her is only open one day per month and there’s no public transportation to another DMV 40 miles away roundtrip. We both know that there are obviously a LOT more voters like this example in Alabama, and other red states for that matter. Give it even a moment’s thought.

            During closing arguments in a 2012 case over Texas’s voter ID law, a lawyer for the state brushed aside geographical obstacles as the “reality to life of choosing to live in that part of Texas.” Right to vote? What right to vote? Without knowing anything more about this case, “that part of Texas” was probably a minority part of Texas. Call me Sherlock Holmes, but I think that would be a good guess.

            The way these ID laws are often set up, they’ve been compared to a poll tax, in which southern states during the Jim Crow era imposed voting fees, which discouraged blacks, and even some poor whites from voting.

            Given the often costly steps required to obtain needed documents these days in Republican governed states, legal scholars argue that photo ID laws create a new financial barrier to the ballot box. That can block some from the polls. These GOP voter purges that often have up to 50% of Blacks on them, and have been proven to have a lot of mistakes, also definitely block them.

            Don’t you understand that this is largely just a numbers game? Most aren’t literally blocked, in the literal sense (most). However, it does require extraordinary effort, and possibly some financial sacrifice, just to cast a ballot. They’re counting on enough people not being willing to do all that. Enough to make a difference in a relatively close election.

          10. Phil Christensen August 6, 2016

            Well, we can just agree to disagree. Or you can go on thinking that its all because of these deeply embedded character flaws on my part. Either way.

          11. dtgraham August 6, 2016

            Neither. I don’t really think you disagree either. I’m sure that you’re an honest businessman, a good husband, and a fine father. I do think though that you’re willing to tolerate and look the other way on this for your beloved GOP.

          12. Phil Christensen August 6, 2016

            I don’t know if this helps to put it in perspective, but I’m not a member of the Republican Party. In fact, I despise it as an organization, and despise it’s leadership.
            As far as my tenure as a parent, I’m on speaking terms with my adult children so I chalk that up as a “win.” 😉
            I do appreciate your kind words, and even if we can’t come to terms with respect interpreting the same data or to the severity of the problem (yes, I will call it a problem), you do present the information coherently and without going all caps on me. BTW, I really did go to most of the links you provided.

          13. dtgraham August 7, 2016

            Funny the way you put it Phil.

            I was advised to check out a real lefty website (more than this one) called Truthdig by someone here not that long ago. You can’t believe how much they hate the Democratic party and it’s entire establishment.

            In the words of Phil Christensen, they “despise it as an organization, and despise it’s leadership.” Similar also to how some Tea Partiers feel about the GOP.

            I’ve heard it said that if you go far enough down the scale of either left or right, you eventually come to a point where you’re reaching around so far that you’re beginning to touch the other side on certain issues and you’re beginning to find some agreement on various things. There may be some truth to that.

          14. Phil Christensen August 8, 2016

            A lot of wisdom there. Over the last year, I’ve reflected that Bernie’s supporters and the TEA party folks seem to have a couple of things in common.

          15. dtgraham August 9, 2016

            Thanks. One last thing I neglected to mention. One of those things in common is a dislike of Hillary Clinton. You’ll find lots of that over at Truthdig.

          16. dtgraham August 5, 2016

            Not sure how Morehouse students use their ID to buy things. Their website and others describe it as “almost like an ATM.” Doubles as some form of debt or credit card? Why on earth did that matter to you? The point is that Republicans there know that students aren’t exactly a solid Republican voting constituency to say the least. So their photo ID was ruled ineligible as voting ID, even though it made no logical sense to do so outside of a purely suppression political tactic. The card apparently does so much for them that they frequently have no other ID on them. Nice diversion, deep thinker.

    2. JPHALL July 31, 2016

      NOT REALLY! A delegate is a reserved position.

      1. Phil Christensen August 1, 2016

        So is a citizen’s voter slot. Come on, J. Don’t go all 2-Dependent on me with the caps-lock. Regardless of whether you’re voting left or right of center this election cycle, both sides are giving us plenty of bad optics which lends itself to mockery.

  11. Box July 30, 2016

    Below was mentioned that it was a dirty trick by Republicans. But how about this dirty trick by Democrats? Im not a Bernie supporter but I got to say I pity the guy. Hillary gets his support and then does this. Please watch. Kinda makes you want to jump parties.


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