Voters in North Carolina have voted twice to require a photo id during elections. Both times the courts have told the voters ‘no.’ On July 9 WRAL posted an article detailing the latest effort by the North Carolina legislature to honor the wishes of the voters.
The article reports:
Legislative Republicans called on the courts Thursday to lift an injunction and require voter to present photo identification at the polls this November, saying a bill they passed earlier this year should satisfy the last arguments against the rule.
“It is past time for activist courts to stop blocking another commonsense elections policy that is required by North Carolina’s constitution and a strong majority of other states,” House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement.
There are two lawsuits seeking – so far, successfully – to block the state’s voter ID requirement: one state and one federal. Republican lawmakers filed a motion in the state case Thursday, asking judges to drop their injunction against the state’s voter ID law.
They argued that a provision included in House Bill 1169 earlier this year should satisfy the court.
That bill dealt with a number of election issues, most of them geared toward tweaking election procedures to account for the coronavirus pandemic. It passed with broad bipartisan support.
It also included language adding a new category of IDs to the ones poll workers would accept: public assistance IDs.
That Republican lawmakers hadn’t included those IDs in the bill they passed in late 2018 laying out voter ID rules was part of the court’s rationale in blocking implementation this year.
“With the enactment of H.B. 1169, the General Assembly has adopted nearly every ‘ameliorative’ amendment proposed … and it also has addressed the key shortcoming identified by the Court of Appeals,” Moore’s office said in its release.
This is the exact step some Democratic lawmakers said they feared when they backed off support for House Bill 1169 earlier this year: That the snippet of voter ID language would be used in court.
“That was the poison pill when they put that in,” Rep.
Marcia Morey , D-Durham, said Thursday.
Stay tuned. After a while, you begin to wonder why some people are fighting so hard against voter id.