RALEIGH – A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law, stating that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.” This reverses a lower-court’s ruling that previously upheld the law.
Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “North Carolina’s common-sense voter ID law was passed to preserve the security and integrity of our elections process. North Carolina’s voters deserve the confidence that their votes will not be diluted by fraud. Just before a crucial presidential election, the liberal judges of the Fourth Circuit are once again legislating from the bench and seem to be looking for opportunities to overturn North Carolina law at every turn. The continual overreach of the courts like the Fourth Circuit undermines the belief in self-government through elected representatives and our democratic republic.”
He continued, “It is simply outrageous that the court cites race as a reason for overturning North Carolina’s voter ID law. No one has been able to point to a single example of a voter being disenfranchised as a result of this law. In fact, voter turnout has increased since the law was enacted.”
For more information, or to schedule an interview with Civitas President Francis De Luca, email Demi Dowdy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919.747.8059.
Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to creating a North Carolina whose citizens enjoy liberty and prosperity derived from limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement. To that end, Civitas develops and advocates for conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians.