Governor Pat McCrory’s request to reinstate North Carolina’s voter ID law went to Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday.
“This common sense law was upheld by the U.S. District Court. Our Voter ID law has been cited as a model and other states are using similar laws without challenges. Allowing the Fourth Circuit’s ruling to stand creates confusion among voters and poll workers and it disregards our successful rollout of Voter ID in the 2016 primary elections.”
Delayed pending the state’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of the Fourth Circuit’s block on photo voter ID enforcement.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory will ask the U.S. Supreme Court this week to stay the Fourth Circuit’s decision to strike down the state’s photo voter ID law and other election integrity reforms ahead of the November general election, after the Fourth Circuit turned down the state’s request for a stay on Thursday.
“Changing our state’s election laws close to the upcoming election, including common sense voter ID, will create confusion for voters and poll workers,” the governor said in a statement. “The court should have stayed their ruling, which is legally flawed, factually wrong and disparaging to our state.”
The politicization of common-sense voter ID requirements by the anti-election integrity crowd continues with Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s Democrat Attorney General and challenger to Republican Governor Pat McCrory, refusing to do his job and defend the state’s duly-enacted laws:
McCrory told reporters Tuesday morning “we will continue to appeal this,” saying attorneys are figuring out a way forward.
He called the 4th Circuit opinion “very political” referencing that the panel of judges was made up from two President Obama appointees and one appointed by President Clinton.
McCrory called on Roy Cooper to forgo his salary and “reimburse taxpayers for the cost of hiring outside counsel to do his job for him.”
“Roy Cooper is against common sense voter ID and is now refusing to do his job to defend our laws, so he should refuse his taxpayer-funded salary,” said Governor McCrory. “If any North Carolina citizen decided not to do their job, they would no longer have a paycheck. Roy Cooper should not be held to a different standard.”
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger released a joint statement on the Fourth Circuit ruling that overturned the state’s voter ID and other election integrity laws:
“Since today’s decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina’s law as a model, and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election. We will obviously be appealing this politically-motivated decision to the Supreme Court.”
Other GOP legislators also weighed in on the decision, which not only blocks the the state’s photo voter ID law that includes an affidavit option for voters with reasonable impediments to obtaining a free ID, but also restores same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, 17 days of early voting instead of 10, and preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds.
“We have to ensure the people who vote are the ones who should be voting,” added Republican Rep. John Torbett, of Stanley. Republican Rep. Dana Bumgardner said the court was trying to paint state lawmakers as “racists and bigots” with its ruling. “It’s about the integrity of elections. It’s not about anything else,” Bumgardner said.
“Wake County isn’t using all of the tools available to keep clean voter rolls. Wake County could do more to ensure election integrity this November.”
Another county with more registered voters than eligible voting-age citizens:
“Defendant has violated and continue[s] to violate Section 8 [of the National Voter Registration Act] by failing to conduct reasonable voter list maintenance for elections for federal office and by failing to produce records and data related to those efforts, as required by Section 8,” the lawsuit states. “Plaintiff seeks injunctive relief commanding Defendant to permit inspections of election records.
“Plaintiff also seeks a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief requiring Defendant to conduct and execute reasonable voter list maintenance programs in compliance with federal law to ensure that only eligible voters are registered to vote in Wake County.”
A state court challenge to North Carolina’s voter ID requirement is set to go to trial starting September 26, just one month ahead of the state’s October 27 early voting start date.
The question before [Wake County Judge Mike] Morgan will be whether the 2013 election law overhaul is an extension of the voter registration process, as lawmakers have argued. The challengers argue that requiring N.C. voters to show one of six approved IDs or cast a provisional ballot is a “qualification” that goes beyond the bounds of the state Constitution.
An appeal of a separate, federal case in which the voter ID requirement was upheld is pending in the Fourth Circuit.
Voter turnout in the state’s March primaries, the first requiring photo voter ID, was similar to previous presidential primaries: 36% in 2016, compared to 37% in 2008 and 35% in 2012.
“A federal judge has upheld North Carolina’s voter ID law in a ruling posted Monday evening.
“U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder issued a 485-page ruling dismissing all claims in the challenge to the state’s sweeping 2013 election law overhaul.
“Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, also upheld portions of the 2013 law that reduced the number of days people could vote early, eliminated same-day registration and voting and prohibited people from casting a ballot outside their precinct.”
Again the dire “voter suppression” predictions of the anti-integrity left fail to materialize.
On March 15, some 2.3 million North Carolinians cast ballots in the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian primaries for president, governor, U.S. Senate, and other offices. That comes to about 36 percent of all registered voters. The turnout rate was similar to the 37 percent who voted in the 2008 presidential primaries and the 35 percent who voted in the 2012 primaries. During the 1990s and early 2000s, presidential primary turnouts in North Carolina ranged from 16 percent to 31 percent.
This year’s primaries were the first to be held under a set of new election rules that included both a more compact early-voting schedule and a requirement that voters either show a photo ID or sign an affidavit attesting to one of several specified exceptions… None of these changes appears to have had a substantial effect on turnout. None suppressed the vote.
That “more compact early-voting schedule” – 10 days instead of 17 – drew a record high turnout of 11 percent, up from 8 percent in 2012. High turnout and few voter ID problems were reported by counties across the state, including Mecklenburg and Buncombe. Statewide, the number of primary voters with voter ID issues “was tiny: 0.1 percent.”