While the legislature’s entire session agenda is not yet clear, we anticipate their plans could include an aggressive effort to revive some version of the restrictive photo ID mandate they sought in the 2013 “Monster Voting Law.” This law, drafted by many of the same legislature leaders, excluded common forms of photo identification like student IDs, workplace IDs, public benefit IDs, and most expired IDs. A federal appeals court struck down that requirement because it found that lawmakers acted with “discriminatory intent” when they drafted it— specifically by targeting voters of color “with almost surgical precision” when they determined what IDs would be accepted at the polls.
We believe no eligible North Carolina voter should be denied the right to cast a ballot. And we’ll continue fighting unnecessary barriers to voting access. But the ID rules created during this lame duck session will shape which citizens can genuinely exercise their right to vote, and which will have to overcome poorly justified obstacles to do the same.
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