Cheers and jeers – North Carolina reacts to the Supreme Court’s refusal to reinstate voter ID

Voter IDThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to reinstate North Carolina’s restrictive voting law for this November’s elections. That decision drew both praise and condemnation. Here’s a round-up:

“North Carolina has been denied basic voting rights already granted to more than 30 other states to protect the integrity of one person, one vote through a common-sense voter ID law. Even without any support from our state’s attorney general, we were pleased that four justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, agreed with this right while four liberal justices blocked North Carolina protections afforded by our sensible voter laws.” – Governor Pat McCrory

“The highest Court in the land has rejected the State’s efforts to implement election provisions found by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to have been enacted with discriminatory intent. This critical rejection of the State’s position will allow the people of North Carolina to exercise the fundamental right to vote this November without expansive restrictions by racist politicians or racist policies.” – Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP

“It’s time for Gov. McCrory and Republican leaders to end the costly wrangling and invest in making sure voters face no new roadblocks to having their voices heard.” – Bob Hall, executive director of the watchdog group Democracy North Carolina

“We respect the court but are disappointed North Carolina will not be among the more than 30 other states with common-sense voter ID in place for the upcoming election.” – Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement issued to the media

“The Supreme Court acted in the best interest of North Carolina voters, allowing elections this fall to proceed absent the cloud and concern of racially discriminatory voting laws.” – Allison Riggs, an attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice

“This ruling means that thousands of voters who would have been disenfranchised will now be able to participate in the presidential election.” – Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project

“Our democracy is strongest when we bring more voices into the political process. Yet North Carolina’s recent and restrictive voting law, which included a stringent voter ID requirement and limited early voting, did the exact opposite. Today is a good day for democracy. This decision will help ensure that voters across our state can make their voices heard.”  – Deborah Ross, Democratic nominee for US Senate

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