Great news! In the North Carolina Republican Party’s latest attempt to circumvent the democratic process, justice has prevailed once again.
Last November, about 55 percent of North Carolinians voted in favor of adding a voter ID amendment to the North Carolina Constitution.
But in February, a North Carolina judge struck down the amendment, noting that gerrymandering limited the power of the Republican-dominated General Assembly to implement such a policy. The decision stated that as a result of unconstitutional racial gerrymandering, the chain of popular sovereignty between lawmakers and constituents had been broken.
The decision comes less than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court found that North Carolina citizens were not adequately represented as required by the U.S. Constitution. As a result of the General Assembly’s shameful efforts, gerrymandering has diluted voters’ voices such that they no longer have a claim to sovereignty. The proposed voter ID law would only exacerbate this lack of representation by robbing the less privileged of their right to vote.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that the Republican-dominated N.C. legislature has tried to implement a discriminatory voting law. In 2016, a federal court ruled a North Carolina voter ID law unconstitutional because it prohibited public assistance and state employee IDs, disproportionately possessed by African-American voters. The decision was backed by the U.S. Supreme Court, who refused to hear the case.