North Carolina Voter ID Law Blocked, Court Claims it Intended to 'Target African American Voters'

A North Carolina court has blocked a voter identification law in the state, claiming that it was intended to target and disenfranchise African-American voters.

The law, SB 824, was passed in 2018, but had been under a preliminary injunction by North Carolina’s Court of Appeals, who said that it may negatively impact black voters.

On Friday, a three judge panel ruled that the law “was motivated at least in part by an unconstitutional intent to target African American voters.”

“Other, less restrictive voter ID laws would have sufficed to achieve the legitimate nonracial purposes of implementing the constitutional amendment requiring voter ID, deterring fraud, or enhancing voter confidence,” Superior Court Judges Michael O’Foghludha and Vince Rozier wrote in the ruling.

Southern Coalition for Social Justice co-executive director and chief counsel for voting rights Allison Riggs and pro bono counsel Andrew Ehrlich, the attorneys representing a group of North Carolina voters in the lawsuit, told CNN that they “hope” the ruling sent “a strong message that racial discrimination will not be tolerated.”

“Today’s ruling striking down North Carolina’s latest unconstitutional photo voter ID law is a testament to the overwhelming evidence, including compelling stories of disenfranchisement from voters themselves, which highlighted how the state’s Republican-controlled legislature undeniably implemented this legislation to maintain its power by targeting voters of color,” the attorneys said in a statement.

Republican leaders in the state have slammed the court and their decision — and have vowed to appeal.

Sam Hayes, general counsel for North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, issued a scathing statement about the decision — and the “liberal judges.”

“Once again, liberal judges have defied the will of North Carolinians on election integrity. Voters of this state have repeatedly supported a voter ID requirement – going so far as to enshrine it in our state constitution. Senate Bill 824 is one of the most generous in the country, and it was modeled on those of other states. At trial, Plaintiffs could not produce a single witness who would be unable to vote because of the law,” Hayes said in the statement.

He continued, “In his dissent, Judge Poovey noted that “[n]ot one scintilla of evidence was introduced during this trial that any legislator acted with racially discriminatory intent.” In fact, the bill was co-sponsored by African-American State Senator Joel Ford. This fight is far from over. We look forward to appealing this partisan ruling on behalf of the people of North Carolina.”

North Carolina state Sen. Paul Newton also vowed that they will be appealing the decision in a statement.

“For all their talk about a secure democracy, the left, with an able assist from the judiciary, is doing their best to undermine it. Today, a partisan court blocked the will of a majority of North Carolinians who amended their Constitution to require photo voter ID,” Newton said.

“The Republican-led legislature has made incredible strides to increase confidence in elections, and Democrats continue to use the judicial branch to thwart the will of the majority of North Carolinians. We will appeal this case,” he said.

A majority of 56 percent of North Carolina voters supported the legislation.

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13 responses to “North Carolina Voter ID Law Blocked, Court Claims it Intended to ‘Target African American Voters’”

  1. DCrockafella says:

    In s.c. you need an i.d. to vote, if you can’t afford one the state will cover the cost for you, so you can go vote, before any of this I had to show my voter registration card. I’m black as fuck and I live way out in the middle of no where I quit school during the 3rd grade. If you can’t get an i.d. then please….don’t vote. It’s like a certain party wants to play the race card, the same party who wanted slavery, and they still want mindless wandering slaves. Very sad.

  2. Ozzy says:

    I live in NC and ever since the election shenanigans ive been preparing to leave. This state is doomed as there will never be a fair election again

  3. Devilsgun says:


    All gun control laws are racist, classist, and unacceptable infringements on our Rights.

    Repeal the NFA

  4. Devilsgun says:

    You know what else will negatively affect black voters? Mandatory vaccinations.

    Then again, since they’d vote Democrat even when they get thrown into their graves I’m sure the racist ass DNC isn’t feeling any moral quandary or hypocrisy about those two issues

  5. prcntm says:

    You can generalize this very easily. Following this train of thought, literally anything that requires you to show a photo ID is racist. But those who argue that photo ID voter registration is racist will pigeon hole the argument and ignore all the other instances in which such an argument would logically lead to racism.

    But it’s never really been about logic, I’ve noticed.

  6. prcntm says:

    Literally had this thought as I read this story. I’m from North Carolina. This worries me greatly.

  7. Anni says:

    Allison Riggs has a great rap. Communism out the fallopian tubes.

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  10. patrictcarey82 says:

    If voter id is racist then background checks for gun purchases are also racist.

  11. pandusa says:

    update-NC Democrat Governor Roy Cooper just vetoed the ban of CRT in schools. Towing the party line. We need an audit in NC. It has nothing to do with Trump (really, very little of this whole situation does), as after weeks of dithering, he won NC. It has to do with Zuckerbucks / Tech money, why everyone had their assignments done on time but swing states ( including NC), Coopers close associations with China, and plans to bring Apple to NC? Jobs ? Yeah, N. Carolinians will be cleaning offices and we know who Apple (and Tech) will be moving into them…

  12. pandusa says:

    I live in NC (61 years). You have to show a picture ID a for a library card to check out a book at the Public Library, not to mention : pick up a controlled substance prescription , Medical visits (do to insurance fraud), buy alcohol, cigarettes (unless you have got gray hair and wrinkles ), cash a check. This is about mail in/drop box voting for 2022…we didn’t have Dominion 2020. What we DID have was Zuckerbucks drop millions into NC in strategic places for the 2020 election. The skulduggery continues…

  13. MacOsborn says:

    Thinking that black Americans aren’t capable of getting identification is racist. Any functioning adult in society has an ID.