This week the Center for Civil Rights filed an amicus curiae brief
in the in the ongoing legal challenge to HB 589, the State’s 2013 voting law that imposed voter id requirements, cut early voting, and eliminated same-day registration, out of precinct ballots, and pre-registration of 16 and 17 year olds. The law was immediately challenged under the Voting Rights Act by the North Carolina NAACP, the League of Women Voters, Common Cause NC, and a number of other organizations and individual voters, who argued that the law discriminated against people of color and young people, and that it was designed to and would suppress their ability to vote. The U.S. Department of Justice also filed suit against the State. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled against the plaintiffs and upheld the law in a 465-page ruling issued on April 25. The plaintiffs appealed, and the case has been expedited and is set to be heard by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 21.
The Center’s amicus brief focuses on the “cumulative impacts of the legacy of racial discrimination” that continue to plague communities of color, and includes details of disparate educational, environmental justice, and housing impacts from the Center’s State of Exclusion research. The brief also highlights the anomalous circumstances of the 2014 election that helped skew voter turnout that year, including the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history, a rare open seat in the majority-minority NC-12 U.S. House district, and the extensive voter outreach and education efforts by advocacy groups and the political parties (much of it in response to the new anti-voter legislation).
Posted by Mark Dorosin on Fri. May 27, 2016 2:34 PM
Race Discrimination, Segregation, Voting Rights