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Dissecting McCrory’s “laughable” explanation for his appeal to the Supreme Court

Voting rightsThis morning’s lead editorial in the Greensboro News & Record includes an on-the-money takedown of Gov. Pat McCrory’s downright preposterous excuse for pushing an “emergency” appeal of the Fourth Circuit’s July ruling striking down the state’s “monster” voter suppression law. As the N&R demonstrates, the Guv’s explanation would literally be laugh-out-loud funny if it wasn’t so potentially destructive:

“This election season hasn’t given us many laughs, so we’re grateful to Gov. Pat McCrory for this one: ‘Allowing the Fourth Circuit’s ruling to stand creates confusion among voters and poll workers …’

McCrory was explaining why he asked the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts, to let North Carolina enforce its voter ID law and other restrictions for the November election.

It will confuse voters if they don’t have to present an approved photo ID. Although they can if they want to.

They’ll get all mixed up if they are allowed to cast a provisional ballot if they show up at the wrong precinct by mistake.

It will befuddle them if they’re allowed to register and vote on the same day during early voting.

Oh, the bewilderment of it all. Voters will have all the same rights they had in 2012 unless the Supreme Court steps in and denies them, as North Carolina’s 2013 election ‘reform’ law intended.”

And here’s the conclusion:

“Republicans were simply trying to hold on to their power by whatever means they could. Now they have been stopped.

Chief Justice Roberts was presented with no evidence that would justify placing a hold on the circuit court’s ruling. Any confusion, now that local election boards are planning to follow procedures that were in place in 2012, would be caused by further intervention. The governor’s request is laughable.”

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