(ReliableNews.org) – North Carolina elections may be less safe thanks to a ruling from an appeals court.
This week, the North Carolina Court of Appeals halted the state’s voter ID law because they believe its purpose was to discriminate against black people. The three-judge panel called racial bias the “primary motivating factor” behind the law.
BREAKING: NC Appeals Court blocks NC’s voter ID law, saying it would "disproportionately impact African American voters to their detriment” — now the second court to stop this discriminatory limit to voting access for 2020 https://t.co/ZaY7DwgCuM #ncpol pic.twitter.com/NSHWVTQR7k
— Democracy NC (@democracync) February 18, 2020
Democrats have long argued that requiring a voter ID disenfranchises minority voters. Republicans, on the other hand, say the laws make elections safer. Actual research into the subject shows mixed results. Some studies concluded that minorities may have a tougher time affording the cost of IDs if they don’t already have them while another suggests that people interested in voting will vote regardless of any ID requirements.
The preliminary injunction will stop the law while the case winds its way through the court system. However, if the case is not decided soon, there’s a high chance the ruling will mean polling places won’t be allowed to ask voters for identification during the 2020 election.
We will keep you updated as this story progresses.
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