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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Reinstate North Carolina Voting Limits

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Reinstate North Carolina Voting Limits

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Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory introduces candidate for U.S. Senate Thom Tillis (R-NC) at a campaign stop in Raleigh, North Carolina October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a bid by North Carolina to reinstate for November’s elections several voting restrictions, including a requirement that people show identification at the polls.

The court, divided in part 4-4, rejected a request made by Republican Governor Pat McCrory after an appeals court ruled last month that the 2013 law discriminates against minority voters. Five votes are needed for an emergency request to be granted.

The brief order noted that three of the court’s conservatives, including Chief Justice John Roberts, would have allowed the voter identification provision and limits on early voting to be in effect for the election. Justice Clarence Thomas agreed on that point, but was the only justice to say he would have also allowed a requirement blocking pre-registration of 16-year-olds to stay in place.

McCrory’s lawyers said the status quo should be maintained so close to the election, citing court precedent in their favor.

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 29 that the law intentionally discriminated against minority voters. The same court refused to put its decision on hold for the Nov. 8 election.

Critics say such laws, passed in Republican-governed states, make voting harder for minorities such as African-Americans and Hispanics, who tend to support Democrats. Backers say the laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud.

The court is currently short one justice following the death of conservative Antonin Scalia in February.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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13 Comments

  1. queenbee August 31, 2016

    Thaaaaaank Yooooou!!!!!!!!!!!!!! US Supreme Court. Wasted taxpayers money for nothing.

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    1. JPHALL August 31, 2016

      Tell that the Republican controlled Congress.

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    2. Sand_Cat September 1, 2016

      They’ve got a LOOOOOONNNNNG way to go to even get where the GOP Congress started in wasting taxpayers money.
      And a lot of people, as opposed to insects, think this “decision” was for the best.
      Hope it sticks in your craw, assuming bugs have one.

      Reply
  2. Insinnergy August 31, 2016

    Bet McConnell is a sad panda today.

    Keep up the obstructionism and ignoring your much-praised Constitution for political power, McConnell. It’s totally working……..
    Not.

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  3. Daniel Jones August 31, 2016

    Why do they keep misspelling that?

    “The measures are to *present* voter fraud.” Fixed!

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  4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 31, 2016

    Trump lamely appeals to black voters, while his chums on Capitol Hill are busily engaged in wasting tax-payers money to make it as difficult as possible for citizens to vote—black citizens that is. What an odd contradiction.

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  5. Sand_Cat September 1, 2016

    Thanks again to the GOP morons who thought they’d punish Obama by ignoring his nominee.

    Reply
  6. sylvia.bryson September 1, 2016

    sdfgdfg

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  7. CrankyToo September 1, 2016

    And the dirtbags lose another one. It’s a good day for the people.

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  8. Jon September 1, 2016

    The evidence to support the claim that voter fraud will occur if not for these voter suppression laws is what? You just have a feeling? Donnie said so?

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  9. Dan S September 1, 2016

    Finally some common sense from the Supreme Court. You can call it whatever you want GOP but trying to stop Americans to vote is discriminatory pure & simple. There has never been any evidence of people trying to vote more than once. In the few cases where someone was caught they were surprise a Republican.

    Reply

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