Victories for Voting Rights Advocates

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Requirement Election Protection
Three months before Election Day, a federal appeals court decisively struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law recently because its requirements deliberately “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision” in an effort to depress black turnout at the polls.
According to The New York Times, The North Carolina ruling tossed out the state’s requirement that voters:
  • present photo I.D. at the polls and restored voters’ ability to register on Election Day
  • to register before reaching the 18-year-old voting age
  • to cast early ballots, provisions the law had fully or partly eliminated.
Read more about this case (here), and more about Texas, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Kansas victories below.
Texas Agrees on Changes to Voter ID Law…..softens Wisconsin Voter’s ID Laws
Statute was deemed to have a discriminatory effect against minorities: Click here
North Dakota, As November Approaches Court Deal Series of Blows To Voter ID Laws: Click here
Kansas judge rules 17,500 suspended voters can cast ballots in all races: Click here

Huge Victory for Tribes:
Federal Courts Overturn Voter ID Law
On August 1, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland struck down a North Dakota law requiring photo IDs in order to vote, ruling that the law unfairly burdens the Native American voters who comprise one-fourth of the state’s electorate.
Hovland rejected the state’s argument that the law was “necessary” to prevent voter fraud, writing that “[t]he undisputed evidence before the Court reveals that voter fraud in North Dakota has been virtually non-existent.”
Read more here