This is becoming absurd to the point of being humorous, but the joke is on us, the citizens of North Carolina who are not allowed the election safeguard of positive voter identification enjoyed in 38 other states, including every state from Maryland to New Mexico [see map below]
[extracted from article below]
"Voter ID was actually carried out in North Carolina’s 2016 primary elections as the result of a 2013 law. But a federal appeals court struck down several portions of the law in July 2016, saying photo ID and other voting restrictions were approved with intentional racial discrimination in mind."
Voting with pebbles?
It seems the Greeks really did it this way. Voters deposited a pebble into one of two urns to mark their choice; after voting, the urns were emptied onto counting boards for tabulation. The principle of secret voting was established by at least the 5th century B.C., and Athenians may have used a contraption to obscure the urn into which a voter was placing his hand. In ancient Greece a pebble was called a psephos, which gives us the dubious term psephology, the scientific study of elections. So, why is Judge Biggs ignoring psephology?
In effect, North Carolina is again being discriminated against by denying the state the same remedy to thwart vote fraud which is already available to a majority of other states.
This makes no sense unless you realize that North Carolina is a "battleground" state upon which national elections turn. Democrats cannot afford to lose it again as they did in 2012 and 2016, even with the lack of election laws written with a view toward maintaining the integrity of the state's elections. In 2016 and now again, in 2019, Obama-appointed activist federal judges have wiped away state law (2013) and even an amendment to the state constitution (2018), both passed by healthy majorities of North Carolinians. These were lower court decisions which did not make it to the SCOTUS docket. In effect, the Supreme Court has turned a blind eye to discriminatory actions taken by Obama judges, vis a vis what is permitted to other states. Every other state that touches the border of NC (VA, TN, GA, and SC) have photo ID laws for voting. How can this voter identification denial, exclusive to NC, possibly stand?000
Moreover, in the one election, the March 2016 primary, where the photo ID law was in effect, there was quite a large increase in African-American voting - putting the lie to the judicial claim that photo ID law was selectively discriminatory. The judges knew that. This is a willful distortion purposed by a desire to damage the election fortunes of Republican candidates. It is stifling the collective voice of NC citizens who simply want the same safeguards which other states already have. In short, it is judicial malpractice bordering on criminality.
With the exceptions of Nebraska and Wyoming, all the states lacking voter identification rules are so-called "blue" states and unlike NC have no serious intent to fraud-proof their election laws, as it works to their advantage not to...
Federal Judge announces she’s going to block Voter ID in North Carolina…
A federal judge is once again go to put the kibosh on North Carolina’s attempt to implement Voter ID in elections:
NBC NEWS – Republican attempts to require photo identification to vote in North Carolina are being thwarted again by judges hearing arguments that the mandate is tainted by bias that would deter black and Latino residents.
A federal court announced that next week Voter ID was actually carried out in North Carolina’s 2016 primary elections as the result of a 2013 law. But a federal appeals court struck down several portions of the law in July 2016, saying photo ID and other voting restrictions were approved with intentional racial discrimination in mind. will formally block a photo ID requirement scheduled to begin in 2020. Unless the upcoming preliminary injunction is successfully appealed, the requirement will be halted until a lawsuit filed by the state NAACP and others is resolved.
Thursday’s short written notice from the federal court in Winston-Salem previewed Biggs’ order because state election officials were planning to expand efforts to educate voters about the ID law within days. Although the mandate would be carried out beginning with the March 3 primary, the requirement would actually start in just a few weeks with mail-in absentee ballot filers, who also would have to provide an ID copy.
The mandate identified several types of qualifying photo IDs and allowed people lacking one to get a free ID card or to fill out a form while voting explaining their “reasonable impediment” to obtaining one.
“…tainted by bias that would deter black and Latino residents…” [ I’ve just one question: Do black and Latino residents buy alcohol? If they do, what are they using
as proof of age? ]
These arguments of racial bias are and will always be ridiculous. Heck, the law allows people who don’t already have a valid photo ID “to get a free ID card”. FREE!
Voter ID was actually carried out in North Carolina’s 2016 primary elections as the result of a 2013 law. But a federal appeals court struck down several portions of the law in July 2016, saying photo ID and other voting restrictions were approved with intentional racial discrimination in mind.
Republicans strongly disagreed with that decision and put a constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot — a strategy designed to give the idea more legal and popular standing. The amendment passed with 55% of the vote. The legislature approved a separate law in December 2018 detailing how to implement that amendment. Lawsuits challenging that new law were filed immediately.
Lawyers for the state and local NAACP chapters told Biggs in a court brief that the latest version of voter ID is a “barely disguised duplicate” of the 2013 voter ID law and “carries the same discriminatory intent as its predecessor,” likely violating the U.S. Constitution.
The people voted on and passed Voter ID to be added to the NC state constitution and the legislature then created laws that mimic existing laws in other states
(GA and IN) which passed SCOTUS's tests of constitutionality and yet leftists are still using sympathetic courts to block these common sense laws.
It’s incredible; why don’t they just admit that they can’t win as many elections without cheating!