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Saturday, July 30, 2016

SOME BLACKS IN NORTH CAROLINA JUST GOT THEIR VOTING RIGHTS BACK

FILE THIS UNDER "PROTEST WORKS"
AND PRESIDENT OBAMA DOES TOO

U.S. APPEALS COURT SAYS NORTH CAROLINA VOTER ID LAW HAD RACIALLY DISCRIMINATORY INTENT



"The three judges assigned to the case — all democratic appointees — were unanimous that the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act three years ago by enacting the measure requiring voters to show certain types of photo ID at the polls.

"The record makes clear that the historical origin of the challenged provisions in this statute is not the innocuous back-and-forth of routine partisan struggle that the State suggests and that the district court accepted," Judge Diana Motz wrote on behalf of Judges James Wynn and Henry Floyd. "Rather, the General Assembly enacted them in the immediate aftermath of unprecedented African American voter participation in a state with a troubled racial history and racially polarized voting. The district court clearly erred in ignoring or dismissing this historical background evidence, all of which supports a finding of discriminatory intent."

The court's opinion bluntly described the legislation as a clear effort to suppress the black vote."
Read more: 
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/court-strikes-down-north-carolina-voter-id-law-226438#ixzz4FqH9TBIv 

North Carolina's trying to maneuver black and brown voting rights away is a result of a conservative court gutting The Voting Rights Act of 1964

Supporters of voter ID sound perfectly reasonable when they talk about it. But this voter ID thing is simply the new literacy or constitution tests designed to make sure black and brown people walk away from their own voting rights. These North Carolinian White folk are just like the good ole boys of the 1950s
Making sure people get an ID that proves they can vote sounds easy. 
And it is if you're privileged like I am.

I'm middle class, able bodied, and I drive to work everyday. I have my driver's license as an ID. 
But what if I didn't drive?


I remember having to dig out my birth certificate as ID for something once. I thought my mother had it. She didn't. Then she told me that the hospital I was born in had passed into history. Lucky for me I was born in a huge city and was able to get a new one. But some people really can't get these things replaced easily. What if you're born out of the country where record keeping isn't so important? 


My mother, for example, was born in a shack next to something that looks like a slave masters quarters in the south. I don't think she ever had a birth certificate. I know my grandmothers didn't have them. And one of them never learned to drive.

Getting ID is not that easy if you are young and in school, if you're black and don't drive OR latino and poor OR just elderly. Black, brown,and elderly don't have these kinds of problems exclusively. The white have them too. But black, brown, elderly, and young have these problems in larger numbers.  And large swaths of these particular groups DO NOT vote republican. 


And the U.S appeals court caught onto that in North Carolina.

A lot more people who have the right to vote wind up being eliminated -- in numbers 10x, 100x, or 1000x the levels of any sort of voter fraud in this country. Furthermore,  as far as I'm concerned, the Supreme Court rubber stamped the biggest case of voter fraud this country has ever seen when it put Bush Jr in office. 

So I'm kinda not hearing this voter fraud crap. 

As in North Carolina, the types of ID you can use in these states sooo worried about voter fraud always just happen to favor white conservatives. How else can you explain approving the use of a hunting license in Texas but not your own state issued student IDs?  (Young people lean progressive/democrat not conservative/republican. Killing for fun? republicans get off on that more) 

Read More On Who Has Difficulty Getting Voter IDhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/getting-a-photo-id-so-you-can-vote-is-easy-unless-youre-poor-black-latino-or-elderly/2016/05/23/8d5474ec-20f0-11e6-8690-f14ca9de2972_story.html 


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If I understand things correctly, should North Carolina should try to bump this issue to the Supreme Court --which the republican party won't staff hoping Trump will win-- now that Scalia is dead, there ought to be a 4 liberal to 4 conservative judge tie.  And when that happens, the lower court's decision stands.

So I'm wondering if North Carolina will appeal at all. Maybe they'll just wait until the Presidential election is over to decide since I'm pretty sure the republicans are going to set a record for refusing to interview a president's nomination for the Supreme Court. 

However, President Obama, in preparation for events such as these, has been stacking the lower courts with democratic judges.

And this is the outcome. The U.S. Appeals court got to make the final decision. And the decision will stick if Hillary Clinton is elected because she may select the next Supreme Court justice -- assuming the republicans continue the current blockade.

Well done, President Obama. Well done.  You've secured black, brown, elderly, and young voting rights in North Carolina and a secured a few more votes against Donald Trump.