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.
“We cannot ignore the record evidence that, because of race, the legislature enacted one of the largest restrictions of the franchise in modern North Carolina history,” Motz added.
The 4th Circuit ruling also delivered a harsh rebuke to U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder, who issued a mammoth, 485-page decision in April upholding the law. Motz suggested Schroeder had ample evidence of racial bias in front of him, but failed to put the pieces together.
How stupid or inept are these North Carolina voters that cannot remember what day the polls are open or to get a photo ID that they must have for virtually every other transaction they make in life, from cashing a welfare check to boarding a plane?
This is clearly an attempt by three partisan Democrat judges to nullify the votes of legitimate citizens by allowing straw and illegitimate votes. The same phony claims are made year after year, and each time new methods are created to make sure that the poorest of the poor and the lamest of the lame can get a photo ID to make sure we keep our electoral process honest. Unfortunately, it appears that once again, the Democrats are using the judiciary to game the system and stuff the ballot boxes with fake votes. The judges should turn themselves in to the sheriffs and have themselves charged with voter fraud.