First thing first… kudos to
While a 4-4 vote in the US Supreme Court failed to overturn the ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, the media still beats the drum that “The decision — hailed as a win for voting-rights advocates who say the 2013 law disproportionately impacted minority, poor and elderly voters — will allow for 17 days of early voting. Voters will not be required to show identification when they head to the polls.”
As noted by TheHill.com;
In June, the 4th Circuit overturned a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling upholding the law. In a striking opinion, the three-judge panel sided with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the federal Department of Justice and other groups that had sued North Carolina over its new law, saying the law would discriminate against minorities.
“We can only conclude that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent,” Circuit Court Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote in the June opinion.
Possibly Judge Gribbon Motz failed to actually read the law before passing judgement.
Those evil Republicans who control the North Carolina General Assembly must have made the use of of ID cards very difficult for the poor and downtrodden. As reporter Buckland clearly cited;
According to the law, six forms of identification will be acceptable:
- A North Carolina driver’s license
- A North Carolina identification card
- A U.S. passport
- A military identification card
- A veterans identification card
- Tribal enrollment cards recognized by the federal or state government
And what of those legitimate voters who made an honest mistake and forgot their valid ID? The North Carolina General Assembly ensured those good folks could still cast their ballot;
The law allows those without ID to cast provisional ballots if they don’t bring an ID with them to vote or declare they have a reasonable impediment to getting an acceptable ID. They include “the lack of proper documents, family obligations, transportation problems, work schedule, illness or disability,” according to the N.C. Board of Elections.
Those who have an ID — but left it at home — can show the ID to elections officials later to have their vote officially counted. Those without any ID can provide other forms of ID later to prove their identity.
Well, if Judge Gribbon Motz truly believes the North Carolina General Assembly acted “with discriminatory intent” and the voter ID law “would discriminate against minorities,” then obviously, the state would charge an unreasonable rate for a state ID card, right? Well, maybe not;
Free ID cards for voting purposes are also available at state Division of Motor Vehicles offices. To obtain one, a person must present documents confirming their identity.
But, but, but…
There are also exceptions for religious objections and natural disasters. Those over the age of 70 can use an expired photo ID as long as it expired after their 70th birthday, according to the law. Another exception exists for absentee ballots, which do not require a photo ID to be accepted.