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Supreme Court Declines to Hear North Carolina Voting Case

Southern Coalition for Social Justice and ACLU Challenged Discriminatory Voting Law, SCOTUS Order is Victory for Voting Rights

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has declined to review a federal appeals court decision holding that North Carolina’s 2013 election law — which imposed a voter ID requirement, cut a week of early voting, and eliminated same-day registration — intentionally discriminates against African-Americans. North Carolina has now exhausted all avenues of appeal.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice and American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law, which was struck down by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016. In early January, the state sought Supreme Court review, but the newly elected governor moved to drop the petition, prompting the legislators who passed the measure to try and intervene.

“We are grateful that the Supreme Court has decided to allow the Fourth Circuit’s ruling to stand, confirming that discrimination has no place in our democracy nor our elections,” said Allison Riggs, senior staff attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. “This ruling sends a strong message that lawmakers in North Carolina should stop enacting laws that discriminate based on race.”

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, ACLU, and ACLU of North Carolina represented the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute, North Carolina Common Cause, Unifour Onestop Collaborative, and several individuals. 

“This law, enacted with what the appeals court called discriminatory intent and ‘almost surgical precision’ targeting African-American voters, is meeting its much-deserved demise,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “An ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing.”

CONTACT:

Dustin Chicurel-Bayard, SCSJ, 919-323-4051, dchicurel-bayard@scsj.org

Inga Sarda-Sorensen, ACLU, 212-284-7347, isarda-sorensen@aclu.org

Mike Meno, ACLU of North Carolina, 919-348-9623, mmeno@acluofnc.org

The order is at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/051517zor_986b.pdf

 

More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/league-women-voters-north-carolina-et-al-v-north-carolina

 

 

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