North Carolina will appeal “politically-motivated” voter ID ruling that may “reopen the door for voter fraud”

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.