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ACLU files lawsuit challenging new voting law

The ACLU and other organizations filed a lawsuit this afternoon challenging the voting law signed into law this afternoon by Governor McCrory:

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice today filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s voter suppression law signed hours ago by Gov. Pat McCrory. The suit specifically targets provisions of the law that eliminate a week of early voting, end same-day registration, and prohibit “out-of-precinct” voting. It seeks to stop North Carolina from enacting these provisions, arguing that they would unduly burden the right to vote and discriminate against African-American voters, in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

More details are here.

11 Comments

  1. Alan

    August 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Way to go ACLU! Hopefully, this will end in the courts, what an affront to democracy.

  2. J.C.

    August 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    It is simply wrong to make it more difficult for North Carolinians to register and vote. It undermines the very basis of democracy. How disappointing that Gov. McCrory did not veto this ill-conceived and very likely unconstitutional bill.

  3. Doug

    August 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Yeah, it will be good to defeat them quickly so we can go on to a better day with secure elections in NC. And the good thing is the NCGA/governor will get to hire a crack legal team in place of our negligent AG.

  4. Jim Wiseman

    August 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

    What’s wrong with common-sense voting laws? Those eligible to vote who don’t have an ID (unimaginable in today’s society) have until 2016 to get one.

  5. Jack

    August 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Finally the GOP will have to provide proof in a court of law that voting fraud exist, even though many in the GOP admit that there is no evidence to be found to prove that voting fraud exist.

  6. gregflynn

    August 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

    318,643 registered voters don’t have NC Photo ID. 138,425 of them voted in the last election. It’s not “unimaginable”. It’s a fact. “Common-sense voting laws” would address absentee voter fraud but these laws don’t.

  7. Jim Wiseman

    August 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    The only reason to oppose voter ID is to promote voting fraud and to steal elections.

  8. Jim Wiseman

    August 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    If someone wants to vote in NC in 2016, they’d better get an ID; it’s the law of the land.

  9. Doug

    August 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    greggy,
    Those people will be able to get an ID quite easily. When they do this they will then also open up opportunities like attend a public college, get better access to healthcare by being able to buy Sudafed, fly on one of those new fangled airioplanes, get welfare benefits, get unemployment benefits, and many other benefits of being in civilized society. These people will be able to come out of living in caves and have modern conveniences!

  10. david esmay

    August 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Jim, where’s your proof that voting fraud exists and elections are being stolen? The fact is it doesn’t exist, but GOPers love finding solutions to problems that don’t exist, unlike our high unemployment rate and increasing poverty due to the Rubes policies.

  11. Jim Wiseman

    August 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Just because voter fraud isn’t widespread doesn’t mean the door should be left open. Why is there such an outcry against having to show a photo ID to vote?