Editorial: With New North Carolina Voting Laws Comes Lawsuits

Editorial: With New North Carolina Voting Laws Comes Lawsuits

A Return To Jim Crow???

Opponents of the new law fear its provisions would particularly target minorities, the elderly, the poor and the young.

“With the stroke of his pen, Gov. McCrory has transformed North Carolina from a state with one of the nation’s most progressive voting systems, where we saw some of the highest voter turnout rates of the last two presidential elections, into a state with the most draconian policies we’ve seen in decades, policies that harken back to the days of Jim Crow,” Advancement Project co-director Penda Hair said.

“The law clearly violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bans voting procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in one of the language minority groups. It also violates our nation’s cherished promise of equality as expressed in the 14th and 15th Amendments of our Constitution.”

McCrory defended the bill in a video, in which he blamed criticism on “scare tactics” from the “extreme left.” He called the measures “common sense,” and said in a statement, “Common practices like boarding an airplane and purchasing Sudafed require photo ID, and we should expect nothing less for the protection of our right to vote.”